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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Patience, Passion or Both?

One question has been knocking on every brain cell for the last two weeks - how do the people working at day care, single moms, stay-at-home-moms manage to care for the little ones? Is it just passion, or an abundance of patience, or both?

Since my parents returned to India 20 days back, I have been staying home with my almost-six-month old kiddoo. This is just the beginning of my three month time off from work. These last few days have been such an eye-opener to me, I tell you! I figured how much work goes into managing all the household work plus the little "Home Entertainment System" that I have. It does take up all your time, but sure is well worth it in the end.

My typical day starts at 6 in the morning when I shower up before hubby leaves to work at 6:30. I get about an hour to myself before Maanya is up, and I usually try to catch up on household chores then, except, occasionally (like today) when I go online to check my mails. Once the little one is up, it's all whole nine yards - nursing, diapering, baby bath, rock her to sleep (and catch a few winks myself right on the rocking chair). Before I know it, it's evening and time to step for a little stroll! Once we are back home, that's when my patience is tested. I will need to get done with cooking, and put Maanya to sleep (the princess protests if her dad rocks her at night!). And oh, I am still working on getting her to at least nap in her crib. It's baby progress, if you know what I mean. I am so exhausted by the time I hit sack, the night seems to just whizz by, what with waking up a couple times to nurse the baby as well.

So I wonder, how does a single mom manage? What is it that folks at day care centers have that keep them going every day? Is it a huge pot of patience that they have access to, or do they just love kids so much that nothing else matters? I absolutely love kids, and am very patient as well, but there are still times that actually test me! What about stay-at-home-moms? Does everyone feel the same, stay-at-home and otherwise? Are there times when you feel you need some time to yourself?

All in all, I must say that I am really glad to have taken a little break from work and am enjoying every minute I am getting with Maanya!!

4 comments:

  1. Hey Anjana,
    I know what you mean. Sometimes my weekends are that way.I don't know about the day care people. I guess there, they treat it like any other job but for the others, I really think everybody feels overwhelmed but just don't want to admit it:). I remember one of my colleague who had a 2 year old son in Bangalore saying how she would wait for Fridays but by Saturday evening she would be waiting to get back to work.

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  2. I think the magic word is 'commitment'.

    I was pretty much single, working and depressed for an year after my daughter was born, but realised that she is my strength to move on..

    The first few years of the mother and child are perhaps the only time when one find a relation so pure and selfless.

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  3. @Vijaya, @LS: I agree with both of you. I must also mention that the little one has made me see life in a totally different perpective. Almost feels like we were in the dark until we become mothers!

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  4. Hmm, now that's a good topic we have out here. Im sure all stay-home-moms will agree. I have SO MUCH to tell I think Im going to make it a new post. Will write the nice and gory details of being a mom, wife, cook, maid, dhobi, chauffer, et. al. I have loads to share!

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