It’s been a month since I walked away from my well-paying & comfortable corporate job to stay home and raise my toddler.
The past 31 days have not only been some of the best days I’ve had in a long time, but they have also been some of my most challenging & exhausting days. I thought running a week-long national meeting for 200+ employees in Las Vegas was tough, but it doesn’t hold a candle to having a 1-year-old test your willpower 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Fortunately, Mav and I have settled into a little bit of a routine. He’s accepted that I am actually the boss & I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am no June Clever. We are both meeting new friends, discovering some favorite hangouts and definitely enjoying our time together–that is when he isn’t in timeout & I’m not praying for a drink.
As the days go by, I continue to feel blessed that I get this opportunity to live out a dream Shawn & I have had since we found out we were going to be parents. At that time, the idea of staying home was far-fetched to say the least, but we made a checklist and over the course of nearly 2 years, we were able to make our dream a reality for our family. Sometimes “blessed” just seems inadequate.
And while it’s not always rainbows & kittens in my new line of work, I’ve certainly learned a lot in the last month:
- Waking up an hour before my son gets up really does make a difference in my day. Let’s just say time to enjoy HOT coffee–alone.
- Timeout works wonders.
- Those persistent headaches I battled for months on end weren’t pregnancy hormones, they were stress-related. Remove the stress (i.e., working mom with traveling husband stress) and the headaches have completely disappeared.
- Save the good snacks for when the kiddo is sleeping so you don’t have to share.
- Stay-at-home moms before Pinterest had it really rough.
- Teaching your child to help around the house is important, but know that emptying the dryer will now take approximately 4 hours longer than it should.
- My Tuesday is no different than my Saturday now. A weekend–what’s that?
- Leaving the house every day, even if just for a Sonic run, is necessary for our sanity.
- Budgeting is my new favorite hobby. Give me all the spreadsheets!!
- Don’t take your toddler to the library–more to come on that. Stay tuned!