About a month ago, I met Glen from Parenting Family Money at a local blogger meet up. He’s not local, but he was taking an extensive tour of Portland. We talked a bit and he asked if I ever had days where being a stay at home dad/blogger is more difficult than working full time. My answer was – “Not yet, but I only have one kid.” (Glen has 3 kids.) Of course, I had just quit my job for about a month back then and I was sure there would be more trials and tribulations to come. Well, that trial is here.
Mrs. RB40 is out of town for a whole week!
I’m home alone with baby RB40 this week and this week has been a lot more difficult than an average work week. Being a single stay at home dad (SAHD) is a huge step up from being a SAHD. To the casual observer, it might not seem like a big difference because I’m spending the same amount of time with baby RB40. However, the working spouse really helps relieve the pressure once she gets home. The kid can spend some time with his mom and I can take a little breather. This week, being a dad was 24/7 and I didn’t have any time to myself while he’s awake, which was almost all the time.
The biggest problem I had was when I was cooking. The little guy would let me work in the kitchen for about 10 minutes before getting agitated. Unfortunately, I need a little more time to cook a meal. It’s tough to finish cooking with a screaming, crying kid hanging on to your leg, doing an alligator back-bend maneuver. *Ding Ding Ding* Here is a Shark Tank idea. How about a screaming doll that you can lock on to your leg? It will auto-release in 30 minutes. That should scare off some kids from having unprotected sex.
Mrs. RB40 is also our chief editor and doesn’t have her laptop with her. I apologize for my grammatical errors this week. Editing is somewhat difficult at midnight, but I’m giving it my best. She’ll edit this weekend.
The Terrible Twos
Baby RB40 is 19 months old now and he has been throwing a lot of tantrums recently. This is normal, but it’s tough for everyone involved. He was such a nice little guy from 12 to 18 months old and now he is such a little punk. He’s throwing a tantrum every time he doesn’t get what he wants. For example, he watches the Muppets on YouTube while I work for about half an hour in the morning. He used to be OK when I quit, but now he wants to keep watching and throws his first morning tantrum when I close the laptop. Little things like this add up to many tantrums over the day. It really wears you down.
Hats off to single parents
I don’t know how a single mom/dad does this day in, day out. It’s exhausting! Anyway, Mrs. RB40 will be back Friday afternoon and we can’t wait until she walks in the door.
Anyone care to share their experience with being a temporary single parent? I know I shouldn’t complain because this is only temporary, but at least now I understand the challenges of the single parents more.
News Flash: Oh man, our internet was down today (no Muppets) and the little punk threw a huge tantrum when I was on hold with Comcast. He wanted to play with my cell phone and I wouldn’t let him since I was on hold. The wifi router bit the dust. I had this one for about 6-7 years so I guess it’s time for a new one. Only a few hours left….