I recently became a stay-at-home in November 2010. Before that I worked from home for a Title Company preparing HUDs – Settlement Statements. I worked from home for about 5 years. Once I had my daughter it obviously got a little more difficult. I had set hours just like a normal job just without the drive. So once my daughter was born I changed my hours to work around her schedule 10 AM to 8 PM. After a while the hours really started to suck. It wasn’t until my daughter turned 18 months old that I realized that I could not longer work-at-home and give her the attention she deserved. We tried putting her in daycare for about 6 months but she always got sick and the price of the daycare was just too much. So when my husband and I finally came to the conclusion that it would be better for me to just become a stay-at-home it was actually very relieving.
When my husband is not traveling for work, which is not very often, he is working from home as well. Since we have survived being together so much I didn’t think very much would change once I stopped working.
Well it did of course. Now that I did not have a job tying me up for 8 hours a day, in the beginning I found that I really didn’t have enough to fill up my day. I was ecstatic! I had so much more time to be with my daughter and do my crafts But I also had to be more careful. Sleeping in is a big no-no for my husband and of course it is my favorite thing to do. My husband says that once I decided to have a child, sleeping in went right out the window. I love being talked to like I am a child…
Anyway, I am still new to the whole stay-at-home mom thing and I have found that I am more tired at the end of the day then when I was working. It takes a little more out of you to spend that much time with your child and also remember every little household thing that needs to be done. When I worked, if chores did not get done it didn’t matter, I was working so I had an excuse. Now I don’t. But I am pretty good about keeping the house clean – that is a topic for a different post.
I still think that any mom who has the opportunity to stay at home with their child should definitely take advantage of it. I feel so lucky to be able to share and experience every little thing with my daughter. I am proud to say that I have not missed a thing. I have much respect for working mom’s though. They work to provide for their children and yes they may miss things but they can stand tall knowing that they are providing for their children and it also helps them to teach their child the value of money. It just doesn’t grow on trees, you know!