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Kim Kardashian is right: Being a stay-at-home mom is boring

Jennifer Pinarski is surprised to realize she agrees with Kim Kardashian about being a stay-at-home mom.

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Follow along as Jennifer Pinarski shares her experiences about giving up her big city job and lifestyle to live in rural Ontario with her husband, while staying home to raise their two young children.

Earlier this week, Radar Online reported that new mom Kim Kardashian is "complaining” about her new life as a mom. “But she’s really bored!” an anonymous source told reporters. “She misses going out all the time to shop or eat and have people in public fawn all over her.”

“North West’s mommy has changed her look with blonde hair, is trying to shed her baby weight and is letting Kanye make most of her decisions, but a source close to her said that she is missing her old life,” wrote Radar Online.

Predictably, Internet trolls jumped all over the story. Of the nearly 400 comments left on the story, the majority called Kim vain and shallow and ungrateful and that being a stay-at-home mom is anything but boring.

But you know what? Kim is right — being at home with a newborn is boring.

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Note that I said "boring," which is very different from "not busy." Yes, diaper changes, feeding yourself and a baby and trying to maintain some semblance of personal hygiene is more than enough to fill a day for a new mom. But newborns aren't exactly great conversationalists. I remember one afternoon when my son was three months old: I was folding and putting away laundry while he cooed adorably and chewed on balled up socks. I was talking to him about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when I realized that it was inappropriate to talk about violent world issues with an infant. I changed the topic to what I would make for Easter brunch the following weekend, but it didn’t make me feel any better. Although we all know that talking to your baby helps them develop language, it also makes you feel like a crazy person because, essentially, you’re talking to yourself.

Going from non-stop to full-stop is a huge adjustment for any new mom, especially if, for example, your pre-baby life included starring in a reality TV show and dating Kanye West. My pre-baby life included a job where I took pictures of potatoes (admittedly, fun but not thrilling), and if I found the change from potatoes to potties to be a challenge, I can only imagine how bored Kim must feel.

Now with a six- and three-year-old to keep up with, there is little room for boredom in my life and my kids are keenly interested in world issues. So hang in there Kim, I know exactly how you feel.

This article was originally published on Sep 27, 2013

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