So what do you do for a living?
This is the question I dread being asked the most. I used to answer, “I’m a stay-at-home mom,” (SAHM), to which the reactions have ranged from a slow confused nod, to a fleeting expression of distaste.
I stopped responding “stay-at-home mom,” and instead say, “I’m at home with my kids.”
The responses range from “Oh, that’s nice…” (patronizing yet understanding nothing)
To perplexed: “So…what do you do all day?”
To: “You’re so lucky! I wish I could sit at home instead of going to work every day!”
The emotions I feel are mixed— exasperation that they have no clue that it is work, to a kind of unhappiness and frustration, in that no matter how much I explain it, it really takes one to know one.
Let’s compare a typical day as a SAHM to how it might translate in an office setting:
If you just had a baby, congrats! You are now a member of the Mommy Club. You are also now a member of the What The Heck Happened To My Body? Club.
Motherhood is grand, but the new bod….well, I’m still making my peace with it, three years on.
The most immediate change I noticed was the one to my wardrobe. But I’ve picked up some tips along the way to help flatter your new you!