Ladies and gentlefellows, I got a new job! Meet my boss:
This week marks major changes for our tiny family. Monday was Justin’s first day at work as a salaried member of working society. It was also the day that I let my team at the office know that I am not returning to said working society.
We have decided that we can make this stay-at-home-mom thing happen for me.
How do I feel? LUCKY. Thrilled. Challenged. Nervous.
I know there are thousands of moms that would love to be in my position, but they have to return to work after the puny FMLA 12 weeks or even sooner. Their hearts are breaking during their first daycare drop-off, and possibly every drop-off after that. For this reason, I will remind myself daily NEVER to take this SAHM thing for granted. I really do know how lucky I am. When I got pregnant, I was the only breadwinner, and we didn’t imagine this would be possible. But things changed quickly.
There are also parents out there who are quite happy to return to their careers when their parental leave is over. They have great things going for them at work, and would go completely nuts if they had to stay home. They are providing a good life for their family with every paycheck that goes in the bank. It turns out that I’m just not one of these people, but have a lot of respect for the working parent that makes it all happen.
Will I miss my job as an art director at a big huge agency? No. Not at all actually. I’m sure there is someone out there who will be more than happy to replace me.
I will miss the people a lot, but that is about it.
Will I miss the commute? NO. Dumb question.
When is the next baby coming, now that I am staying at home? I CAN’T believe I have been asked this already.*
*I also can’t believe I am not scared or offended by it. But seriously. Give me a second.
Since I do have some design skills that lend themselves to being a WAHM someday, that may come into play at some point. But for now? SAHM is all I can handle.
And like any new employee, I am still getting the feel of things here in my new role. Hopefully the boss goes easy on me. Luckily, I hear he naps a lot and has a short memory. I predict that my self-appraisals will be much harsher than those from my supervisor.
In other news, we went on another road trip to see my mom in my hometown of Kalamazoo last weekend. Benton and his dad explored a backyard for the first time. NATURE!
And in other other news, I have committed to blogging every day for the month of September. Like in the old days. So stay tuned and let me have it if you don’t see anything new up here on a daily basis.