Alternative title: I’m envious of stay at home moms.
Envious of SAHMs? But Jen, aren’t you one too?
Eh. Yes. No. Kind of.
As you know, I’m an officer in the Army Reserves. And I enjoy it. Not to toot my own horn but I’m good at my job. I have had successful jobs, a slamming command, I’ve done almost 4 years of my 7 years on active duty because I am good at my job. Right now, I’m on weekend warrior status but that doesn’t make me any less of a working mom.
Even if 90% of the time, I’m at home. I use my dependent ID card. I live the SAHM life – cooking, cleaning, wiping butts. You know what I’m talking about.
I also have a sitter come 5 days a week for the morning to watch Blueberry. Why you ask? Because I don’t have the option to just stay at home, enjoying all the bad parts of pregnancy (an extra cookie, piece of candy, etc.). No, I need that time to go workout because 180 days from the day I pop this baby out, I am expected to be within Army weight regulations. I’m expected to have a passing APFT score. I have to be fully qualified, world-wide deployable.
Now, am I going to be deployed on day 181? Probably not, but it could happen. It’s happened to my friends. But I still have to be in fighting shape.
So, 5 days a week I go an exercise. And sometimes it wears me out. And then I think “man, SAHMs have it so much easier. If they don’t want to exercise, they don’t have too. No one is holding a regulation over their heads about it.” I love my job and I’m thankful that I have it but sometimes I wonder if being a SAHM would be easier.