I'm not a mother, but I know my mother felt pretty close to the same way you do. That is, until we were old enough to stay at home alone, and she got a job.
I remember one thing she use to always complain about, which I don't blame her, was how much clothes she always had to wash and dry. Being that I have 3 stepsisters and one brother, you can imagine the mess the piled up. However, I do know that she liked being able to go with us on school functions, and spending quality time with us when we were off. Once we reached the teenage years though, we were always off doing something with our friends, playing on the computers, or talking on the phone.