Because I work full-time outside the home, my limited time with our daughter is extremely precious to me. I figure on an average weekday, I get about two waking hours with her. That’s it. On the weekends, it’s more like eight hours.
But even during those few hours, I find myself multitasking just to get basic tasks accomplished. Folding laundry while making funny faces at her in the Exersaucer. Cooking dinner while keeping an eye on her in the highchair snacking on Cheerios. Checking work email while bouncing her on my knee.
Sometimes, I feel like I’m missing out on truly enjoying and appreciating Cassie. She’s 8 months old, and I know she’ll grow up so fast. Her gummy grin will soon be filled with gnashing teeth, and her sweet, cooing baby babble will turn into a teenaged, hormone-fueled “I hate you, Mom!” before I know it.
Do other working moms feel like this? How do you deal with it?I hate that I can’t just plop down on the floor with her and soak up every moment to its fullest, rather than water it down with multitasking. But from a practical standpoint, I have to multitask or my house/life will become a disaster. Option B is to get even less sleep and do everything while she’s in bed. Believe me, I’ve tried it, and it’s not a sustainable model.