Life as a Stay-At-Home Mom

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.

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Favorite perk of my new job? Afternoon couch snuggles.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Timeout works wonders.
  3. 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.
  4. Save the good snacks for when the kiddo is sleeping so you don’t have to share.
  5. Stay-at-home moms before Pinterest had it really rough.
  6. 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.
  7. My Tuesday is no different than my Saturday now. A weekend–what’s that?
  8. Leaving the house every day, even if just for a Sonic run, is necessary for our sanity.
  9. Budgeting is my new favorite hobby. Give me all the spreadsheets!!
  10. Don’t take your toddler to the library–more to come on that. Stay tuned!

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