Being a stay at home mom doesn’t mean you don’t have a boss or a hectic schedule. Even little babies are very demanding about their needs, and the older they get, the more likely they are to need you to run around to suit their schedules. Life as a stay at home mom can be crazy and exhausting.

It’s not all bad, of course. There’s a reason why most of us do this stuff.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when a trip to the grocery store alone is considered a break. No kids demanding your attention or bursting into tears at inconvenient moments. No demands for the truck cart. Just you and the groceries and a crowd of mostly other adults. It’s almost restful.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when you understand how taking care of kids and a house can take all day, then some. It’s amazing how fast messes happen when you’re there all day.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when you rarely get to use the bathroom in peace, anywhere. Toddlers just don’t get closed doors. Matter of fact, lots of older kids don’t get closed doors if they have a question for you.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when everyone assumes you have enough time to make home cooked meals, but sometimes clingy children make it impossible. Who knows when will be the best time to start cooking? You may adore your crockpot at times.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when reactions to what you do range from admiration to calling you lazy or worse.

You know when you’re a stay at home mom when you make it all work financially. Coupons, frugal living, a bit of work at home, you do what it takes.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when staying up late or getting up early is the one time of day you can relax without the kids underfoot at home. You take what “me” time you can get.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when the only reason you know the day of the week is because you need to know whether or not to send the kids to school or if your husband will be home for the day.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when you know far too much about your children’s favorite television shows. All of them.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when you know exactly what caused that strange stain on the wall. You’re just not sure how a toddler threw food that high.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when your exercise routine consists of lifting your children and carrying them around. At least the weight increases as they grow!

You know you’re a stay at home mom when it’s hard to remember how to have a conversation with other adults that doesn’t revolve around your kids. You may need more time to focus on some of your own interests, if the kids will give you enough peace for that.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when you start to enjoy your toddler’s favorite music.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when your work continues no matter how sick you are. And it’s probably worse because the kids either caught it from you or gave it to you.

You know you’re a stay at home mom when, despite all the problems and challenges, you’re grateful to be a stay at home mom.