Your mother will never get enough credit for doing what she does – for ten hours a day, five days a week straight, she’ll feed you, entertain you, change your diapers, and endure your crying and screaming when she puts you down for a nap. I don’t know if I could do that myself; in fact, I often find myself thinking that going into an office is like going on vacation compared to what your mother goes through. In addition to her raising you, she’s been trying to maintain her food blog and social media presence.
As you might note from previous letters, your mom’s work on her blog has occasionally been a contentious topic for us. I attribute a lot of the arguing to the stigma and lack of understanding about the commercial aspect of blogging. It’s definitely not easy and perhaps I am often not as sensitive as I should be to that fact. That being said, I think your mother has a wonderful talent in the kitchen and want to see her succeed, and she needs large blocks of time to focus and get stuff done.
Thus in the past few weeks, we’ve agreed that Saturday’s are just her day – she’s “free” to do whatever she wants whether that’s just chilling out or working on her blog. Of course, she always does the latter because there is no rest for the weary! She’ll cook something, photo it, edit the pics, and work on the post all over the course of the day.
So then what do you and I end up doing? Well, we go to play groups, Gymboree, and swim class. In between each stop, we somehow get you fed and napping. Some days are easier than others, but regardless, I really enjoy our time together. One interesting phenomena I’ve noticed from these Saturday outings is that other working dads also tend to take their kid out to give the mom a break, and on more than one occasion I’ve later figured out that you already play with some of these babies during weekday playgroups but the dads have no idea. It’s a bit silly and funny…I can only imagine how stupid you must think we all are.
In any case, your mother’s blog is humming along even though she still doesn’t get enough time to work. I couldn’t be more proud of her. I hope her blog is still around when you’re old enough to understand and can appreciate her talent and hard work!
In the mean time, hopefully she’ll get a few more girls’ nights out at my expense :P