It’s hard to believe, but last week marked an entire year since I became a stay at home mom. And, a year ago this week I started this blog!
It’s been a total adventure (with 42 blog posts to prove it), and I find myself wondering how this past year could have flown by so fast. (That’s not to say some days don’t seem incredibly long — because some days absolutely do seem like an eternity. 🙈)
During this past year, I’ve written a few posts specifically about what it’s been like since quitting my job to be a stay at home mom:
- 3 Stay At Home Mom Truths (From a Newbie)
- A Typical Day With Baby K @ 6 Months
- 6 Months as a Stay at Home Mom (Three More Truths from a Newbie)
- A Typical Day with Baby K at Almost 1 Year!
For this post, though, I thought it would be fun to do a “Top Ten” post about what I love (and don’t love as much) about being a sahm.
Baby K turns 16 months old this week, so that’s where we’re at right now. The good part is that he’s so active and playful right now, and we have so much fun together. The hard part is that he soaks up so much attention, and I constantly feel on “high alert” to make sure he’s not getting himself in a dangerous situation.
As Baby K gets older, I know that the good and not-so-great will change. But, with that said, here are “My Top 10 Likes and Dislikes of the SAHM-Life.”
1. I’ve gotten to be there for all of Baby K’s “firsts.”
2. I don’t have to choose between quality or quantity of time with Baby K. I get it all. And, because time does seem to move so fast now, I’m grateful that being a SAHM allows me to take the time to slow down and enjoy each moment.
3. I can usually spend our days in whatever way best matches Baby K’s mood that day: relaxed, or filled with outings, or a little of both.
4. I don’t have to try and balance outside work and family. Being able to get many of the household chores done during the day usually gives us the blessing of unhurried family time together on evenings and weekends.
5. Nap Time!! 😴 Accomplishing any one non-baby related task or goal during this time feels absolutely amazing.
6. Breaks from the SAHM-life are rare. There is never a vacation day — even when you’re “on vacation.”
7. The constant learning curve as a first-time mom is ever-present, and I struggle with lack of confidence. There is something to be said for the type of confidence-building fulfillment that a job can provide.
8. The worry of: Am I doing enough for Baby K? — Is he learning well enough and getting enough socialization? Could I be doing more to help him reach developmental milestones? 😓
9. I feel self-imposed pressure to not be “just a mommy.” I worry about what I’ll do once it’s time to go back to work. How will future employers view my time off? And, how will it feel to start all over somewhere new?
10. Those rare days that Baby K just doesn’t want to take a nap. 😖
All in all, though, I’ve been so happy getting to spend all these days with Baby K. … Even with the worry and those days without a nap!
I know these early years with Baby K is time that’s truly irreplaceable, and I’m soaking up every moment. 😊