Rough day. Especially for Val. Many out-of-control screaming sessions today (just Val was screaming, though I felt like it at times.) It's wearing on her, this being in limbo thing. I cut her slack where I think it's appropriate but there has still been a lot of screaming and flailing and even biting. *sigh*
I need to make more of a concerted effort to spend time with just her - talking, reading, playing. Now that she's talking it's pretty fun to carry on a conversation with her. Tonight she informed me that, "snickerdoodles make me happy."
Ugh. OK I'm typing with my eyes closed now because I'm too tired to keep them open.
Last night at the barn dance a couple at our table asked what Superman did for a living and then asked me if I had a job. "No, I'm a stay at home mom." Even as I said the words I felt like adding, "but I did work for several years at a really cool place that was relevant to my degree in biology." And I like taking pictures and writing and have a passion for documenting and preserving real-life sotries. Just because I'm a stay at home mom and the majority of my time is spent meeting the needs of my girls does not mean the only things I'm capable of talking about are potty training and sleep schedules and the best deal on kids toys or clothes. Often the conversation does go there, though, because it's an easy, obvious topic and who asks, "ok so what do you like to do OTHER than raise your kids?" I think it would take most moms by surprise. Very few would have a pre-formulated answer for that. (Ask me! Ask me!)
Why does it have to be phrased 'stay-at-home-MOM' anyhow? Why not 'stay-at-home-person'? I'm not saying I resent my kids or wish I wasn't a mom (though I have those moments too!) because I do think it's a huge responsibility and I am very excited and priviledged to be able to shape the lives of two little people who will become part of our future.
I guess I just wish it was more socially acceptable to say, "I'm a stay at home mom but right now I'd much prefer talking about anything other than that."