You Might be a Stay-at-Home Mom to Four Kids, 4 & Under If…

4 kiddos

1. You find your morning cup of coffee still sitting in the microwave at 5:00 PM

2. The most popular comments in public are, “Wow, you have your hands full!” and “Are ALL those yours?”

3. You have 10 pacifiers and can’t find any of them

4. Sitting in the church service with your husband feels like a date

5. You no longer have to apologize to your company for the house being a disaster

6. You can’t remember the last time you had a full night’s sleep

7. The only break you get is a bathroom break

8. Breaking up fights and disciplining is your job whether you like it or not

9. You won’t dare go to the grocery store unless you are alone

10. Your third child doesn’t mind eating off your second child’s breakfast plate (sometimes cold)

11. You have to schedule your morning around how many dirty diapers you’ll have to change before going out

12. You consider lifting a 2 1/2 year old, 1 year old, and newborn as your weight training class

13. You get angry that there aren’t more mom-friendly, healthy drive-thru restaurants

14. You have to think twice whether or not you forgot a child

15. Visiting a chiropractor is a non-negotiable

16. You throw your kids at your husband as soon as he walks in the door

17. You pack all your kids in your van for a drive so you can have a conversation with your husband

18. Mother’s Day out and morning preschool are lifelines

19. You’ve become good friends with your Pediatrician

20. The only way to cook a meal is to put a kids show on

21. You are amazed you even got through another day

22. You’re humbled because your son’s teacher wrote you an email this week saying he’s pretty much her top student. She didn’t know you’ve felt like a failure of a mom lately

23. You realize more than ever how precious life is and it’s not a cliche that it’s truly a gift

24. You want other people to experience the blessing of children, even when motherhood – no matter how many kids you have – is the hardest.job.ever

25. You are surprised that your capacity to love grows richer and deeper

26. You find yourself not wanting to ever miss out on each child’s first milestone because you know how fast time has flown with the oldest

27. You pray every day that your children will come to know and love Jesus in spite of you

28. You ask God to do great things in and through your children so they can make a difference in the lives of others

29. You start to understand that the daily, difficult, messy, complicated, satisfying, beautiful, mundane tasks in motherhood and raising children are working together for a greater purpose. When you serve them, you serve God.

30. It’s a miracle that you finished this blog post!

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  • Brandy

    Loved every word of this post. :)

    • samanthakrieger

      Thank you for reading it, sweet friend!

  • Klara

    You truly are an inspiration to others Samantha! Wow!

    • samanthakrieger

      Klara, thank you. I miss you!

  • samanthakrieger

    Thanks for reading Klara!

  • Greasemom

    You might like some of my “mom songs”… http://www.reverbnation.com/greasingtheskids ie: “I Used to Sleep All Night”, “Part of Their World”, “Daddy’s Home” :)

  • Mariya

    I love your post!!! I have 4 under 4 also. three girls ages 4, 3, and 1.5 and 2 months old baby boy:)

    • http://www.samanthakrieger.com Samantha Krieger

      Thank you. So you definitely know and understand the struggles!

    • samanthakrieger

      thank you! Oh yes you are busy too!

  • http://www.littlewritermomma.com/ Lisa Littlewood

    I can relate!! I have 3, but ALL of these are true for me too!!! Encouraged by this post this morning (:

    • samanthakrieger

      Oh yes you have your hands full just as much! Thanks for reading!