Today, June 28th, marks 1 month since I decided to throw in the towel on my corporate career in exchange for the life of a stay-at-home-mom. The time is passing by in a whirlwind and it’s safe to say we have officially “settled in” to our new routine.
Did I think this is what it was going to be like? Absolutely not…there are good days, and there have been a handful of not-so-good days, but all in all it’s better than I could have ever imagined.
Sometimes, I’ll catch myself thinking about what life would be like if I had gone back to work, if I would’ve been able to give 110% at my job AND at home, but then I think of Jeff’s crazy travel schedule coupled with my stressful daily deadlines, and I reassure myself we made the right decision for our family.
I know it’s been a challenge for us to define what each of our roles are with Caroline..I am the nurturer, the one who seems to calm any crying episode, the one she wants when she doesn’t feel well or the one she reaches for when she is ready to eat, and Jeff is the one she loves to play with, sit side by side and watch TV with, and of course spend countless weekend afternoons lounging on the couch together.
I feel so lucky that I get to wake that smiling face up each morning, that I am the one she spends most of her time with…I know we will both grow from this experience and I can only hope she will know just how much joy I get from this new position. It’s funny how some days we don’t leave the house, but yet we still find plenty of ways to pass the time…life is definitely much different these days.
I do have to share something I heard last week on one of my favorite shows, Pregnant in Heels. Rosie was coaching one SAHM and had her meet up with other moms who had gone back to work post-baby. They shared their feelings and emotions and it really hit home when they talked about their jobs…the SAHM envied the moms who were able to balance work and personal life and still successfully do both, while the “worker” moms envied the SAHM because she was able to be at home day in and day out.
It just really put into perspective that both careers are difficult and rewarding in their own ways and everyone should be commended on a job well done!
And yes, now as I finish typing this post, CC is in the living room stirring and waking up from a nap…back to business friends. Thanks for letting me talk a little bit this morning 🙂