I’ve held down a job as a medical transcriptionist working from home ever since Emma was born.  I took a five-week break afterward so I could recuperate, but started working full time immediately after that.

When I look back, I wonder how I did it!  A five-week -old baby and a job that required clocking in and out – crazy!

I can tell you that it was very stressful and hard.  I knew from the beginning that Emma was my priority and I would drop everything and go to her the minute she made a sound.  I worked in the same room that her crib was in and…  just did my best.

Eventually I switched to part time, and now I work about eight hours a week.  And you know, it doesn’t matter how many hours I work, it’s still not easy.  Babies and toddlers don’t understand that mommy is working and can’t play or cuddle all the time.  Thankfully, my current job lets me work pretty much anytime, I just have to get the work back before the deadline.  It’s a really nice job, really.  The doctors dictating are easy to listen to and understand, too.  So that’s a blessing.

I try to be thankful, as you can see.  ;-)

What really saves us is Emma’s addiction to Winnie the Pooh right now, especially Piglet’s Big Movie on DVD.  She loves it!  Almost too much.  The first thing she does in the morning when I bring her to the living room is look for the TV controller, pick it up and start pushing buttons, and say, “Pooh?” – lol.  It’s really cute, actually.  Even if I do say so myself.

Anyway, I put her in her pack ‘n play and let her watch “Pooh” while I work an hour or two a day.  Usually, that is.  We finally made a WISE move and put my computer desk in our bedroom.  Now I can get up early and get it done before she wakes up.  SO much easier.  I don’t know why I didn’t do it before.  lol  Well, I know why – I didn’t think we had room.  And we don’t.  The dresser is in the middle of our room and totally in the way, but we’re going to try to move some things around this weekend and get a little more organized.

I was able to get some extra work done this afternoon/evening and my husband cleaned the kitchen and took the trash out!  I was really relieved and am glad he is such a big help.  He also helped entertain Emma.  Though by the time I was finished she had macaroni and cheese all over her face and in her hair, so I had to throw her straight into the tub, LOL.  Still, it felt good to get that done, and come out to a nice, clean kitchen.  Supportive husbands rock.  :-)

I’m really pretty happy with what I got accomplished this week.  I might be able to stay sane after all!  ;-)

That's what YOU think!

Are you a WAHM?  How DO you stay sane and keep your kids entertained while you’re working?  ♥

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5 Responses to Confessions of a WAHM: Staying Sane

  • I don’t know how you do it! I should probably consider working from home in some capacity but I don;t think I’d be able to handle it… Being a mom is a job enough for me!
    .-= Emily Cotton´s last blog ..BeNice Prenatal Drink Mix Review =-.

  • I love my job as a Certified Baby Signs Instructor and recruiter :) Most of my work is from home, but I still get out of the house to teach classes. It keeps me sane knowing I can bring in some income and do something I’m passionate about while knowing that I can always be there for my boys. I make my own hours, if I want to take a week, month or year off I can and then get right back to it. It can be challenging, most of my phone calls are only done during nap time, lol.

    I’d love to hear how you got into medical transcription. My MIL was laid off and I think it would be a good option for her. Where did you do your schooling for it?
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Become a Certified Baby Signs® Child Development Center or provider =-.

    • People are always asking me this – I need to write a post about it, I think. :-)

      I started off with a degree in Medical Transcription at my community college. Then I worked two years at a big hospital nearby. After you get some experience, it’s pretty easy to get a WAH job, you just have to be careful that you go with good companies. I know of a couple. I did a lot of research and visited a lot of forums before settling on one company.

      Oh, and taking advantage of naptime is VERY important for a WAHM! ;-)

  • Hi Lindsey…
    My step mother is taking a course to do the same thing… although she is in TX… anyhow… I have often considered the same option… my kids are 7 & 9 (although I am not ‘free’ during the day as I home school one) ;) ‘One day’ I will look into it.. I keep saying… I live close to a community college and a few hospitals! May I ask what the hourly rate of pay ‘usually’ is… (you can give me a range!) I am just curious if the hourly rate is better than working at the local bookstore or something of that nature!! Was it easy to find a job after you completed the course? The extra income would be nice… but hard to change our lives~! ;) still pondering… ;)
    Have a great weekend!
    Jenn

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