Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Work From Home Dad

Last Thursday morning Arica was sick. I didn't find out until I had been at work most of the morning. After hearing she was sick I took the afternoon off to watch Braden so she could rest. I have always known that her job as a stay at home mom was very difficult. I always knew that I could not handle that job every day. Thursday I learned another thing I could not do. I could never be a stay at home working dad. There is just no way I could ever get any work done.

Theoretically I could work from home every day. Virtually everything I need to do my job is located in my laptop. From time to time I will actually need to refer to books and old paper files. If I could relocate those things then I could certainly work from home. I work in a small office where we perform mostly sales and engineering duties for clients overseas. Our entire business works on email. That can be easily done at home, in the car, at the beach, or anywhere else you have a computer.

The only other requirement for a work place is it must be a place where you can get work done. I could never get work done on the beach. I would be too busy swimming and drinking fruity drinks. I could never get work done in the car because I would either be getting car sick or having a wreck. Likewise I could never get work done at home. There are too many distractions. I would spend my days watching TV and eating Doritos. The first week could be dedicated to Star Wars. The second week could be Lord of the Rings. The third week would be reserved for the Godfather. On second thought I might rewatch the 2006 World Series with the first week. See how easily I just got off topic. That would be my life working at home.

Staying at home and watching Braden would add a whole new element to this game. Thursday I had some work that needed to be finished. I took my laptop home to do the work while I watched Braden. It would have normally took me about an hour. With Braden in tow it took 4 1/2 hours. That type of time management is not conducive to good business.

To start off this afternoon at home I fed Braden which always makes him happy for a while. I let him play as I diligently worked on my calculations and other duties at the nerdery. After a while Braden got grumpy. Now it was time for his nap. We settled down in my favorite chair and Braden went to sleep. Then, like many a father before me, I fell victim to nap time as well. An hour passed before we both woke up. Then it was back to work for me as Braden played on his blanket by the sliding door. From his spot he could partake in the ever popular pastime of dog watching as well. I was about finish my work when he got upset again. This time my remedy was to let him sit on my lap as I worked. I eventually finished by banging out my calculations and emails with one hand. I was done at 5:30.

How anyone can get work done with an infant around I will never know. How my wife gets the laundry done I will never know. How does she keep the house clean? How does she find time to shower and eat? None of these questions have a clear answer to me. On top of all the chores required to care for a baby, how could anyone work when they have this face staring at them.

12 comments:

surprised mom said...

OMG! What a cute face! It would be so hard to do anything with that handsome boy staring at you. I don't know how I did it, it was so long ago. I remember I used a playpen, swing, toys, whatever I could. I put my kids in a bouncy chair and took them in the bathroom to take a shower. Otherwise, it would all get done after The Mister would get home. He would play with the baby, I would clean house. And the nap thing? It's just too easy to fall into slumber when you've got a baby cuddling up to you. Fun post. Thanks for including the photo.

Russ said...

You just wait a few months Otter! I was still able to do some tech support calls while Mr. B was his age. As soon as he can get about, it will be all over.

Swoozie said...

Now that's one Cutie-Pie in that picture!
Three months ago, the Hubs got the idea in his head that he would bring his laptop home so he could work in the kitchen AND be around the family alot more. Sheesh! What was he thinking?! It's great having him around and all but I swear it's nearly imposssible for him to get any real work done!
On the swing side though, I enjoy having the Hubs see what a "normal" day at home really entails! It was an eye-opener for him and he now says "I'm going to work so I can get some rest......."

Enjoyed your post!

WeaselMomma said...

He's a cutie, alright.
It takes a lot of time to build a rhythm to being home and caring for a child while performing other tasks. No one gets there overnight. It's what makes it so funny to watch people try.

Mike said...

That is a great photo. One for the album.

I agree, I don't know how they do it, but thank God they do....

seashore subjects said...

Aww! Love that pic. And honestly I would much rather play than do laundry any day.

Jason said...

Love the pic, that face is too much! Like WeaselMomma said, it takes time to get in to a rhythm. You and baby eventually fall in to sync and everything that needs to gets done(even though it may not be everything that you wanted)

Rob said...

It was nice of you to come home and help out. I get home from work at 10am and try to give my wife a hand before I lay down for a nap and she has such a routine it is crazy. I guess thjat is why she is able to get so much done.

PJ Mullen said...

Showering is clearly optional, LOL. And don't forget you'll need one week strictly for Bond movies. Scratch that, at least two.

Libby said...

I'm typing this one handed even now...what a face you have to look at!...enjoy it...I mean it...hard as it is, you'll miss this time when it passes.

Anonymous said...

lol....how precious is that little face? Great job Dad. Parenthood is hard mom or dad. Dishes sometimes sit....and "everything" doesn't always get done. But those things really don't matter...our children do.

Alex the Girl said...

Apparently its been awhile since you've seen the LotR trilogy. Hello? Extended version? A day? Great post, picture, and semi-tribute to your wife as well as all stay at home parents.