Ever wondered what it’s like being a stay-at-home mom? It might not be what you think. Or maybe it is.
Being a SAHM isn't for the faint of heart—it ain’t rainbows and puppies and lounging in pajamas all day while perusing Netflix. So I decided to ask some real SAHMs to share their confessions, to show the side you don’t get to see all the time. The real side. And it’s anything but glamorous.
“At least once a day, I hide in the bathroom—because it’s the only door with a lock on it—to eat a chocolate bar. In silence. Sort of. There’s the banging on the door and the yelling of 'Mom!!!' outside, but hey, at least I get my few minutes to myself. And my chocolate.” – Gina W.
“I go braless more often than not. Because I can.” – Caitlyn R.
“I wear workout clothes every day, even when I have zero plans of working out that day. Which, spoiler alert, is most days.” – Ashley I.
“I have gone completely kid deaf. I swear, the screaming and whining is just all background noise at this point.” – Latisha S.
“I am never on time. I fully blame my kids. But really, I could do so much better at getting everything going earlier than I do.” – Mary R.
“Sometimes I put makeup on and get dressed just to take a selfie to post on Instagram. Then I promptly remove said makeup, because, bedtime.” – Catherine C.
“I always order a kid’s meal at Chick-Fil-A for my toddler who never eats anything, because it’s an excuse for me to eat chicken nuggets. #sorrynotsorry.” – Mary W.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to re-wash laundry.
“I despise laundry and am constantly drowning in it. I’ll do a load and put it into the laundry basket and forget about it until the next load. More often than not, the new load just gets thrown in on top of the old load. My husband totally has no idea.” – Kate N.
“I have a secret tool: Dry shampoo. Because who has time to wash their hair?!” – Katie R.
“Mom brain is a thing! I put my cell phone into the freezer the other day and tore the entire house upside down looking for it. Thankfully I found it as I was reaching for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.” – Linda N.
“I'm always forgetting about the laundry in the washer. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to re-wash laundry. It is the worst. Sometimes I’ll just throw it in the dryer with a dryer sheet and hope for the best.” – Vanessa G.
“I'm constantly counting down the hours until bedtime, and then bedtime comes and I miss my babies! I spend most nights scrolling through my phone’s camera roll and crying into my wine glass over how big they’ve gotten! I’m a mess, I know.” – Whitney C.
“I feed my babies Cheerios for breakfast. Every. Single. Morning.” – Olivia B.
“I heat up my coffee at least three times a day. The same cup of coffee. Over and over again.” – Michelle L.
Photograph by: Katie Michelle Reyes