Last week hubby was out of town so I got to experience the single Mom thing. Let me just go ahead and give a shout out to all you single Mamas out there. You ladies are awesome! I could barely hack it for a week. You are some strong, beautiful ladies.
I have a great husband who helps me around the house and with the children. Thank you Jesus! This week was a real eye-opener for me. The overlying lesson I learned was this:
Having a good husband is a HUGE blessing. When he is home, half of the time I feel like he isn’t doing anything to help me, but now I see that is far from the truth. He has a big impact on our home. He actually does help me out, but even his presence makes a huge difference.
Having another adult to talk to and share the load and the joy makes everything better. I have found a new appreciation for what I have!
The single mom struggle is real!
Finding a spare moment to think was difficult, keeping any semblance of a clean house was exhausting, and working out was completely impossible. Needless to say, I learned a lot last week!
Here are 5 funny things I learned during my Single Mom week…
Vomit is NOT good for your Hair!
Ok y’all, vomit is never pleasant, but dealing with a vomiting two-year-old at 1:30 a.m. alone is really unpleasant. Add to that that he threw up in my hair, on his bed, between the bed rails and on the carpet. Y’all! I was up at 1:30 bathing him, washing laundry, scrubbing carpet, cleaning out bed rails and washing my hair. Alone!
Normally I would NOT wake my husband up over a vomiting toddler, but I draw the line at hair vomit. A Mama needs some help when her hair is on the line. The mom struggle was REAL that night!
Single Moms Crush It: Single Moms deal with vomit alone all the time. Even hair vomit!
Pizza is NOT acceptable for supper every night of the week.
I love pizza but my thighs do not! But, that’s a whole other struggle.
My children love it above all other foods. We ended up with two left over pizzas from an event I went to. Would it be terrible of me to admit that they ate pizza once almost every day last week? Ok fine, WE ate pizza once a day! Needless to say, I will not be getting on the scale for a week or so.
Single Moms Crush It: Single Moms know how to feed their family regular meals, not pizza every night of the week!
“Me Time” doesn’t exist.
So guess how much TV I watched this week??? Um, none. Unless you count me catching a glimpse of Veggie Tales while passing through the living room with a laundry basket full of clothes to be put away.
Single Moms Crush It: Single Moms don’t get as much “me time.” Or maybe they are just more organized than me and know how to make it happen.
Spiders are, in fact, the Devil.
Ok, so I was doing the laundry. Story of my life. 😉 When I leaned the bathroom hamper over I noticed something on the outside of it. Something very, very wrong. Upon closer inspection, I realized that it was the world’s largest, hairiest, nastiest spider. I kid you not, it was the biggest one I have ever seen outside of a zoo.
Normally, this would be the moment when I run out screaming and send Hubby in to take care of business. Much to my chagrin that was NOT an option. I did end up screaming, but I had to take care of business myself.
So what did I do? The only thing I could! I grabbed the nearest bottle of hairspray and glued that hairy sucker to the floor. It worked! Then I had to put him in the trash. That was a little bit of a struggle. 🙁 Then I took that trash bag all the way out to the road, in the poring rain, just to get it out of my house.
If I were braver, my pet spider and I could have been in the Guinness Book of World Records. But alas, I am not and he is no more.
Single Moms Crush It: Single Moms know how to handle a spider without loosing their religion or wasting their hairspray.
Things DO go bump in the night.
I woke up in the night at least once every single night while Hubby was gone. I would hear the house settle, a fly buzz by or a bubble pop in a bottle of coke in the fridge and come flying up out of my sleep ready to dial 911 and run for the hills.
One of the wake-ups was legit though! I awoke to a flock of ducks having a party right outside my window at 4:00 a.m. one night! Ducks do hang out on our lawn regularly, but I have never noticed any wild duck parties going down in the middle of the night before. They were really “turnt up” that night though! 😉
Single Moms Crush It: Single Moms know how to sleep without freaking out at every bump and creek.
Single Moms know how to take care of themselves, their children and their home. They are strong even when they feel weak and they take care of business even when it seems impossible! I have a new respect for women that have stepped up and been the provider, nurturer and strength of their homes whenever the need arose.
To you single moms out there: I know life would be easier with a good man by your side and I hope God sends you the perfect one for you. But, in the meantime, you keep on crushing that Mom Struggle you wonderful Mama, you!
Update: After reading some of the comments in reaction to this post, I realize that I need to clarify some things…
My week without my husband in no way showed me what it is like to really be a single parent, I know that. Single parents face real issues, problems and struggles that married/partnered parents know nothing about. And, just because you are married or have a partner doesn’t mean they are a good parent either. I have a lot of respect for parents who do it alone. Single parents are strong and have figured out how to make a beautiful life for their families and I respect that. This post is not intended to poke fun at them or their struggles, rather to laugh at my own inefficiencies in that department.
Now it’s your turn! Have you ever found yourself as a temporary single mom and realized you didn’t quite like it? It gives you a new respect for the women that do it, doesn’t it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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