Becca, Ahh motherhood. I think you are right--to a certain extent. When I was a working mom (well, I still am a working mom, but my children are grown) I was very stressed, thinking or feeling that my kids might be missing out by not having enough of my time. I had to cut some corners, both at work and at home. I postponed many things I wanted to do (getting my MBA, for example) and I had to settle for less than perfect in my housekeeping, cooking (your dad did most of that)and crafting. But we all survived. And one day when you were about ten, we were talking about my busy schedule and I think I was suggesting I might quit and stay at home with the three of you. You told me that although I might not always be at home when you wanted me, it was clear that I was happy to be with my kids when I was able to be. Apparently that wasn't always the case for the stay-at-home moms among your friends. Made me feel happy, and let me know that the corners I was cutting were not harming you in any way.
Thanks for writing. I am amazed at all you manage to get done.