Thursday, August 1, 2013

{Choosing to be a SAHM}

I am one of those that has always known I wanted to be a SAHM (stay at home mom, for those that don't know).  Even when I was growing up and I pictured myself with kids, I knew I wanted to be able to stay home with them, if possible.  
Thankfully, it is possible and that is exactly what I am doing. 
Up until this past December I had a great career that I loved.  I was doing something I loved and was good at, I loved my boss and co-workers, I got to travel twice a month and I had some great perks.  Then on December 7th that all went away.... my company let go of over 60 people in one day and that included my ENTIRE department.  You can read the whole story here. 
I was pretty devastated.  I knew that when May came around and our baby boy was born that I would stop working but I never thought it wouldn't happen on my terms and never thought it would happen 6 months early.   All of the sudden I became a SAHW....stay at home wife. 
I got to spend the last 6 months of my very uncomfortable pregnancy at home.  I was in Heaven!  I got lost of rest, finished a lot of projects around the house and got ready for the arrival of our baby.  As sad as I was about losing my job, it ended up being a HUGE blessing in disguise. 
I have had many days where I miss the corporate world.  I miss lunches at my favorite Houston restaurants with co-workers.  I miss traveling (even though I complained about it a lot of the time).  I miss my projects that I was in charge of and managed for my company.  I miss getting all dressed up.  I miss after work happy hours.  I even miss my dinky cubicle. 
But..... would I trade any of that for my life now?  Nope...absolutely not. 
I love spending every day, all day with Connor.  I love our routine (or lack of a routine some days) and love watching him grow.   I feel very lucky and fortunate to be able to stay at home with him every day.  My husband works very hard so that I am able to do that.   
I know this life isn't for everyone and I know some are not able to stay home with their babies, even though they want to.  So, I try not to take it for granted. 
Maybe one day I will want to go back to work.  Maybe not. 
Until then I am going to enjoy every day I get to spend with my sweet boy and thank God (and my hubby) that I am able to stay home. :)  


Kristina said...

Good for you!!! You look so happy. I don't know what I'll do when our baby comes. I find myself hating work more and more each day. I think there are a lot of reasons why but I do know once baby comes I wouldn't mind taking a pay cut and cutting out a lot of stress

Sarah said...

Yay for us being able to stay at home. I love it!

..:danielle:.. said...

oh i commend you!! i thought i would want to be a SAHM but man oh man do i need to have some time away haha. im sure ill change my mind come monday when im headed back to work again, but i only work three days a week so 4 days home i think will be good :)

Alex said...

I hope and dream of being a stay at home mom some day. I am one of those mom's that if I could quit and we would be a ok then I would in a heartbeat. Hopefully there will be a day where I can stay at home. Kiss your lil man a lot because it hurts every day to leave mine. You are a fabulous momma!

Tara said...

I love being a SAHM too and feel so blessed to be able to :)

Sara said...

Such a wonderful blessing to be able to be home with your little one. He is precious! (I have a Connor too!)

eliz said...

Wonderful...definitely a blessing in disguise! I never imagined wanting to be a stay at home mom and financially we cannot afford it.....but now that my maternity leave is is sooo hard to want to go back.

Sally said...

I teach and love that I get to stay at home in the summers! With school approaching I'm finding it VERY hard to go back this year!

Alyx said...

Love this!! I ended up quitting my job in May a couple weeks before Elsie was born. I'm going back to school to get my master's, but since I don't have to be there all day every day, I will still get to spend the majority of time with Elsie and I am so excited! Yes, we will be dirt poor for the next couple of years while we're both finishing school, but I already know that I wouldn't trade it for anything!

tiffany | monuments and melodies said...

fellow Houston blogger here ;)

I, too, am a SAHM & I love it!

I left an amazing career to be with my boys & I don't ever regret that decision. One day I'll go back. But for now, I'm relishing these precious fleeting moments with my lil men ;)

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