An exhausted mom took to Facebook recently to share all she does before 9 am and it exhausted all of us!
Liz Petrone, 38, of Syracuse, New York is a full-time working mom. She decided that it was time to share her morning routine after receiving one too many comments from co-workers about how nice it must be to “waltz into work at 9:00am.” There is definitely no waltzing involved in her routine!
Her post immediately went viral, because working mom or not, all moms out can relate to the controlled chaos that is the morning routine.
“This morning I woke four sleepy humans. Some I gently patted, some I prodded, and one I pulled the covers off and tried to roll onto the floor when the pat and the prod fell short. I’m not proud of that last one.”
The waking up of small people, the constant reminders to get dressed, the nagging to brush teeth, the making of breakfast (and beds), the packing of lunches, that gathering of backpacks, the finding of shoes, the delivery of forgotten homework…. add on top of that actually preparing yourself for the day, whether it’s to head into an office or school drop off, and it’s just a lot. (Understatement of the year!).
She appreciates the fact that as hard as it is to be the air traffic controller of her home, there are other moms out there dealing with many challenges above and beyond what she can imagine.
“I don’t tell you this to look for sympathy. Not at all. I am lucky to have a job that affords me flexibility. I am lucky to have a job. I am lucky to have four healthy kids and not need to spend extra hours taking care of special needs or going to extra doctor’s appointments or managing an IEP with the schools. I am lucky to live in a culture where women can and do work freely outside of the home. I am lucky to be healthy enough myself to mostly manage all this.”
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Petrone is quick to point out that she is not only speaking for working moms, but for all moms, sharing a toast, “To the working mamas, I feel you. I feel you so hard right now. But more than that, to ALL the mamas, I’m raising my cup of (now cold) coffee. You keep on doing you, sister, whatever that looks like.”
After feeding and watering the dog, wiping down counters, turning off TV’s, the coffee maker, and lights in almost every room, then flushing the toilets, locking up the house, fielding texts, phone calls, she commuted to work through “384 red lights. All before 9:00am.”
“By the time I sit in my chair at work and fire up my computer, my Fitbit says I have walked 2.5 miles. All just to get us ready and out of the house. And if walking 2.5 mikes and not actually making it anywhere at all ain’t exactly what this stage of life looks like I don’t what is.”