1. Getting to watch "The Today Show" (... or at least have it on in the background for some portion of my morning).
This is sad, I know. I have come to know and love the morning news team at Channel 2, but I would really love to eat my breakfast with Matt, Savannah, Al, and the gang before the twins wake up. I think this mostly stems from the fact that my mom always had it on in the mornings and I therefore associate it with being a "free" adult.
2. Not having to pack the twins' breakfast. Or my lunch. Or my snacks.
I cannot tell you how much joy it brings me on Saturday and Sunday when I can mindlessly pop waffles in the toaster for the twins and not worry about things like keeping them warm for the drive to school. And although I exert a lot more self-control when I don't have an entire pantry and fridge at my disposal, there are a lot more options that I would consider throwing into my regular eating rotation if I wasn't limited to what fits in my lunchbox and requires little to no assembly.
3. Not having to prepare dinner like I'm participating in a NASCAR tire change.
I would say the most stressful 15 minutes of my day, every day, occur as soon as we pull into the garage in the evenings, because thus begins the race against the clock to get dinner on the table as quickly as humanly possible... while simultaneously feeding the dogs, unpacking and putting away all of the things, fetching the mail, changing clothes, etc. This is why we make meals in advance and reheat them each night, because there's no way the 4 of us could sanely wait the amount of time it takes to prepare a new meal each night.
(And yes, I realize meal prep would be stressful even if I stayed at home! But at least I would have the option of starting it prior to 6 pm and not feel like I have to do 800 other post-getting-home activities at the same time :)
4. Going to Target on a weekday. Heck, running pretty much any errand on a weekday.
Smaller crowds, shorter lines to check out, and more importantly, a better selection of cookie samples. Ditto to the non-Target options, minus the cookie samples.
5. And relatedly, taking the kids places on a weekday.
I have mentioned this before, but there are a lot of places that I'd be more willing to take the kids on a weekday where we didn't have to battle the crowds (museums, parks, playscapes, etc.). Extreme extrovert though I am, crowded places give me the hives, so I really do avoid a lot of these places on the weekends.
6. Oh, right, and spending more time with my children :)
Obviously this one was implied, so that's why I didn't list it first... let's go with that ;)
So how about you, fellow working moms, what kind of SAHM things do you daydream about? And SAHMs, feel free to share what makes you jealous of working moms!