Posted on April 5, 2014
From Working Mom to Stay-at-Home Mom
Most working moms I know, including myself, can often have those the-grass-is-greener-on-the-other-side moments when they dream of the things they’d do if they could stay home with the kids.
Especially on those long work days, when all you’ve done is go from meeting to meeting and you still have a list of deadlines to finish off before the end of the day. When your kid is beginning to show those pesky cold symptoms but you have a client presentation, so you wipe their nose clean, drop them off at school and pray you don’t get a call from the nurse — at least not until your meeting is over. When you’re taking conference calls from your bathroom floor on your work-from-home day, which luckily coincided with a No School day, and your youngest is banging on the locked door, crying because his brother snatched his favorite toy. Apparently, he forgot the cardinal rule: don’t bother mommy while she’s on a conference call unless someone is bleeding. Profusely.
Yes, on those days you dream.
Wouldn’t life be much easier if you could just be home, full-time? No more rushing bed-time because of a report you have to review. No more missing well check-up visits with the pediatrician or holiday class parties because you have a new business pitch to attend.
So, when the opportunity came up a few weeks ago to finally after seven years of mami-hood stay home full-time, I was surprised at myself when I wasn’t so ready to jump on the SAHM band-wagon. After all, I’ve been working since I was 15. What would I do with myself all day long? I’ve invested 11 years of my life into my career. How can I just walk away? I work with a great team, and have a very flexible schedule. How can I give that up when some can’t even find a job? And, being honest with myself, do I really have the patience to be home with my little terrorists? All day?
All of a sudden, when it became very real, the pros didn’t outweigh the cons so easily. Yet the more I thought about it, one thing remained true for me: there will always be work, but they won’t always be children. So, after much thought and prayer, I am now a bonafide Stay-at-Home Mom.
Three weeks into my new gig, I’ve learned old habits die hard though. On my first official SAHM day, I found myself wondering aimlessly around the house and decided that what I really needed to do was set up my desk area. Because everyone knows that when you don’t have a job, what you need is an office space at home. So, I cleared up my desk, which had become a repository of all things random, and unofficially declared it the place where all the magic will happen.
You know, the planning of healthy meals, the editing of budgets, the cutting of coupons, the studying of scripture, the scheduling of play dates, the drinking of coffee, the creating of Pinterest boards, the updating of Facebook statuses, the organizing of birthday parties, the editing of family videos and of course, the writing of blog posts. I guess somewhere in between all that the cleaning of the house and the washing of laundry will get done, but that’ll be for some other post.
Back to the fun and magical… It was wonderful watching her face light up when we went to our first baby class this week and the lady started singing songs with her guitar. If you’re local to Broward County, you should definitely check out the free Baby Lapsit classes at the library. We sang, played, learned sign language and met lots of other babies. And did I mention it was free?
Yea, I think I can get used to this. Now, can someone please pass the bon-bons?
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