Wednesday, August 20, 2008

WAHM-O Wednesday

Welcome to WAHM-O Wednesday at deadlines and diapers. And for those of you who missed the bus this morning, WAHM is the acronym for Work at Home Mom. (But we're counting dads here, too.)

And WAHM-O is my clever little play-on-words that I am convinced is still making you chuckle. Do not pop my bubble of hope. It's really all I have to hold on to.

So here's the deal. I work from home and know that a lot of you do, too. I also know that many of you who do not work from home think we who do have it super easy and really have no reason to bitch.

After all, we make our own schedules, decide our own work-dress-code (mine is yoga pants and a comfy T-shirt), don't have to deal with asshole bosses or idiot co-workers stuck on sharing every detail of their love life during your frantic 15-minute lunch-break, and never have to deal with the pain in the ass rush-hour traffic which can try a nun's nerves.

But let me enlighten all of you. Sure, this is a great gig for those of us whose work allows for the WAHM-O effect. Especially if we have kids! I get to spend all day with Buttercup and watch her grow, which is a blessing in and of itself.

But it's also a curse. Ever try making a phone call to an important client with a teething toddler screaming in the background? Or how about trying to schedule a phone interview for a week in advance, tempting fate to kick you upside the head as you try to futily (that's a word, right?)guess your baby's preferred napping times for that given day (don't worry, you'll be wrong. So just throw out a number.)And then there's letting your child destroy the house as you desperately work on deadline, figuring that it will be easier to peel dried spaghetti off the walls later (it kept them quiet, right?)than it would be to tell your client the assigment was late because the kids decided to sabatoge your professional career and reputation.

Sure, and the dog ate your homework, too.

WAHM-O Wednesday is the day for all of us WAHMO parents to share the funny, the sweet, and the "What the hell did I sign up for" moments.

So come on, share the truth. Give it to us straight. Write up a post, add some pictures, and have your way with Mr. Linky. And please, don't just link to your blog; write your own WAHM-O Wednesday post, linking back to me, and share it with the world!

So here's the WAHM-O Wendesday moment of truth for this week's installment. I like to call it: What happens when Mommy's busy on the laptop and leaves Buttercup alone with the yogurt and a spoon.



CJ said...

If that's the case, you might what to put her some type of homecare or daycare. I want to work at home but not to have my kids there, so I can be close to them in their daycare or homecare and not have to waste time commuting. Which takes 45 minutes away more from my kids. Just a thought. Do what you do.

Pauline said...

Hi Pink-CJ. thanks for stopping by and congrats on your successful IVF!
I'm not looking for daycare options. Yes, I complain about lack of time for work while trying to juggle my daughter's needs, but it;s kind of a tongue in cheek approach to what my life is like now. I know I am not the only WAHM dealing with issues like this, and honestly, daycare or homecare is not really an option right now.
So I deal by working when I can, laughing when I can't, and sharing my life with the blogosphere.
Laugh if you want. I know my family and friends are.

Lori said...

I placed a link! Fun blog.

The Willis Family said...

Ahhh! This is great. I just started working from home after 4 months since my first child was born, and since being out of the work world. Just in time for that phase where my baby likes to scream as loud as he can-- just because he can. Great for those important phone calls, just like you said! But otherwise a great situation, and I've never been better at multi-tasking and efficiency!
-Brooke, Brody's mom