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The SAHM Experiment

So, I've had the last few days off and have been feeling very much like a stay at home mom (SAHM--I know all these mom pages use these acronyms, so I'm hopping on the band wagon). Let me just tell you, if I had to summarize my time spent as a SAHM in one word, you know what it would be? Laundry! I have done more laundry in these past 5 days than probably my entire block for the week. Why? Whyyy?!?! I don't even understand it. It's like as soon as the laundry is out of the dryer, folded and put away-the hamper is full again. How? Howww?!?! I only have 2 children and 1 husband. I'm not a sister wife. I'm not training for a marathon and wearing multiple outfits per day. So can someone please explain this phenomenon to me?

So why am I participating in this SAHM experiment you ask? Well, our au pair is on vacation. She is road tripping around the West Coast seeing cities I have never even seen and taking a well earned hiatus from literally living in her employment office for the past year. And you know what I've noticed most about how much I truly love having an au pair during her absence? The art that goes into washing, drying, folding and putting away twin toddler clothing.

All jokes aside though, I must say, these past few days have made me a little sad. I'm not saying you SAHMs have it easy--not in the least. I know how hard it is-I feel your pain. And I feel your pain even more these past few days because my 2.5 year olds decided naps were no longer their thing. So I literally have not had 3 minutes to myself unless I--gasp--let them watch a 30 min TV show. Ughh--mom fail. But seriously, I am a little sad. It's fun hanging with these guys at the park, the splash pad, the supermarket, you name it. I can't help but feel a little torn and jealous of moms who get to do this all the time. Also, I think I've mentioned this before, but I'm new in town. I feel like it would be a hell of a lot easier to make some legit mom friends if I weren't in an office most days. I mean people are nice here--so friendly. A mom in Homegoods today just started up a convo and basically invited me to a playdate after 5 minutes of chatting (that would NEVER happen where I'm from). I've been thinking a lot about the fact that I need to "get out there" and "make some friends" and this week really put in perspective that I don't get that chance too often with my "working mom" lifestyle. So, I'm making it a point--a mid year resolution per say to make some friends in my new city without looking like a helpless loser. Any ideas followers? Would love to hear them.

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