How We Roll - 52 Stories - Pt 1
When I was a freshman in college, my roommates and I shared a four-person suite that consisted of two tiny bedrooms and a 3/4 bathroom. Always looking out for our best interests, the college provided us with all the toilet paper we could use, similar to the cafeteria’s endless supply of ice cream cones and hashbrowns with which I was well acquainted.

Faced with the temptation of two paper-wrapped rolls of TP, available upon request at the front desk every single time we went downstairs, my roommates (and I) had only one option: to make a toilet paper tower. If we’d had more room in that tiny tiled room, we probably would have gone for a fort. But as it was, that tower was mighty impressive.

I sure could use some of that free toilet paper now. Because now that my happily potty trained kiddo and I are home all day, we use a lot more toilet paper!

After the first several weeks of staying home with Annalyn, I shared with you 10 surprises about becoming a stay-at-home mom. Now that we’ve been at this for a couple more months, I’ve got a few more.

More Surprises about Becoming a SAHM

1. The cleaning NEVER ends. Sure, it might take a break. But not for long. Never for long. Just when I think I’ve got all the laundry clean and – amazingly – put away, we get ready for bed and throw our dirty clothes in the hamper. Or, I get the kitchen sparkling clean – and drop spaghetti sauce on the floor. It just. Never. Ends.

2. Skype is a lifesaver. (Or at least a sanity saver!) When I was making the decision to leave my full-time job and stay home, lots of people wisely cautioned me about the loneliness that often comes with the transition between spending nine hours with co-workers to spending 24 hours a day with your child and yourself. Thankfully, I had several friends on Skype who chatted with me throughout the day and kept me sane.

Of course, Skype’s little notification ring just about drives my husband crazy. But that’s another topic altogether.

3. We do not have enough books! Just like my realization that we don’t have enough toys, what used to seem like tons of books just doesn’t quite cut it when we’re here so many more hours of the day. Luckily, that’s where the library comes in. Although, point 3b. should read, “Don’t let three-year-old child pick out all her own books.”

4. I have to be proactive and seek out fun activities around town. Case in point? The Santa Claus that visited our local library and let parents take all the photos they wanted. For FREE. The same Santa that I didn’t know about until I was standing in the library 30 minutes before Annalyn’s preschool Christmas party, watching Santa delight children and parents alike. How much do you think I regretted not knowing about THAT? Oh, about three hours of waiting in line at the mall’s worth.

5. Overcoming my night owl ways is harder than I thought. I’ve committed (to myself and an amazingly disciplined friend) to getting up early every day and working out. If there’s anything that will cure the urge to stay up late, it should be that, right? Yeah, not so much. Maybe next week…

And, don’t even get me started on how I’ve found myself encouraging my daughter to watch The Electric Company after her nap. I say it’s to help her learn to read (they really do push phonics on there), but honestly? That Hector is way nicer to look at than any of the Imagination Movers!

So, stay-at-home moms, any other surprises that I should expect? And, other friends, have you been surprised by anything lately?


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