I wonder how full-time working moms without help survive. Every time I go on my supermom-wannabe mood and think I don’t need a helper, my kids will bring me back to reality by falling sick and hurling like a merlion.
I can do the nights that have us waking at 3am to a whiny kid in pain, or waking up every 2-3 hours to feed but I really hate the puking part. Particularly the cleaning up of mess bit that requires some cleaning agent because I have eczema and these usually makes my hands itch! I have some sorta 洁癖 so it bugs me whenever I have to clean up poop and puke. I have to keep washing my hands to make sure they are clean before going on to do the next activity, which could potentially be preparing milk for the other kid. Needless to say, my hands are the first giveaway signs of aging for me.
In my ideal clean world, I would have thrown out all the mattresses that my kids merlion-ed on. But in my monthly-drawing-salary world, I just have to suck it up and sleep on the same mattress after cleaning it up. I did throw away the pillows that are beyond redemption. It’s gross but I believe all parents go through this at some point in time of their parenthood journey. (Don’t tell me otherwise!)
On the note of being a full-time working mom, just how do everyone manage with the 6 days of childcare leave? We are only halfway into the year and my entitlement is gone with the kids taking turns to fall sick. I don’t hope to be staying at home now, but really hoping for flexible working arrangements.