Another round of Family Focus Friday, anyone? The struggles of mom life is real, y’all. While I certainly dream of setting a 5-course gourmet meal on the table every night, the truth is, some days it’s bags of popcorn or Goldfish crackers for dinner.
Today, I’m partnering with a blogging friend and multi-cultural child raiser, Brittany from The Almost Indian Wife, with a different perspective on motherhood.
Having a traveling husband has definitely made the last few years a little crazy. I’d love to say my boys and I handle it perfectly while he’s away, but the truth is much different. We get along just fine, but it gets a little messy.
My favorite thing is hearing what other people think. They usually tell me how they have no idea how I survive while my husband’s away and I’m left to take care of my three little boys. I always laugh and think to myself…
If they only knew…
Here are a few of the realities of having a traveling spouse and what it actually looks like!
My 5 year old gets me through the morning
My kids have always had the uncanny ability to wake up in the wee hours of the morning. Regardless of what time they go to bed they always wake up between 6 and 7. I’m not even fully functioning when they wake up. I let them watch a show on my phone to give me a bit more time, but then someone lets me know they’re starving.
Instead of trying to convince me to come downstairs, my 5 year old took things into his own hands. He goes to the kitchen and makes oatmeal or gets cereal ready for him and his 3 year old brother.
They don’t even ask me anymore! I love this little bit of freedom in the mornings! It helps me to get a bit more sleep and my kids wake up to a much happier momma!
You can find me in my kid’s bedroom
Things get a little crazy while my husband is away. Sometimes it gets crazy enough to force me into hiding for a bit. The perfect amount of time to get enough energy back to keep up with my kids for the rest of the day.
I’d love to hide out in my own room, but my kids tend to congregate in their. Every day… without fail. So, I’m forced into their room for my few moments of solitude. The funny thing is I don’t mind. Alone time is alone time and as a mom… I’ll take it when I can find it!
The gym has become my best friend
Three little boys means a whole lot of energy. Especially during this whole Avengers phase my kids are in. It requires a lot of ducking to miss getting hit by Thor’s hammer. I do what I can to expend as much of their energy as I can, but sometimes you need some help.
This is why the gym has become my best friend. I get to drop my kids off in their childcare while they get to run around until their hearts are content. Not to mention I get some mommy time.
Dinner consists of whatever I end up throwing on a plate
While my husband’s away dinner can become such a chore. I’ve usually just caught up on the dishes and the idea of filling the sink with dirt dishes doesn’t sound worth it. It’s caused me to get pretty creative for dinner!
Sometimes it’s delicious Indian food, but most times it’s whatever I find in the fridge! Or gourmet plate of Goldfish crackers for dinner. Whatever.
My kid’s don’t always have a bedtime
I have my days where I count down until bedtime. The second it hits 7pm my kids are already resting their little heads on their pillows.
You’d think I’d have a strict bedtime for them while my husband is away, but I really do like my kids. I love that it’s getting more and more fun to hang out with them. I love cuddling with them in my bed at night, watching some cute little Disney movie.
It makes all the craziness of the day just fall away and reminds me why I do it all.
A the end of the day having a spouse that travels for work makes our life a little chaotic, but we make the best of it. Even if it does mean goldfish crackers for dinner! Love reading about Family Focus Fridays? Catch up on all of Christie’s hilarious, honest and 100% real family moments HERE.