Being a mom is a challenge, being a stay at home mom is a never ending challenge, being a stay at home mom with a new born and a toddler (and a new puppy! Post about her will be coming soon) is like doing the Tough Mudder, most of the time! (If you don't know what a tough mudder is go here).
When I had Immanuel, my toddler (picture on the left), I worked a full time job and had my mother and brother in law watch him. I missed a few of his "firsts" if you know what I mean and wish I would've been the one to witness all his "firsts", although having an extra line of income was very useful.
Unfortunately I had to stop working due to having my newest baby as childcare would be way too expensive for both of the kids, so I am now a stay at home mom.
Switching from being a full time working mom to being a stay at home mom was a lot to adjust to. I had all the time in the world with my kids and house work was my job. I had to get in the groove of taking care of a new born and a toddler at the same time, getting used to doing chores everyday to make sure the house was at least in decent shape when my husband came home. Do you know what it's like to have the house clean one second and your toddler has his letters and blocks out all over the house the next? That's my life!
This is where practice makes perfect comes in. You do it over and over, improving each day and you will start to adapt to it. Getting used to staying at home all the time was also part of being a stay at home mom, at least for me. We only have one car and my husband uses it to go to and from work so when we do go to church on Wednesdays or even just the weekends really makes me feel good, it's like I get to see the world again!
After doing it for a about 2 months I realized it was a great job, getting to set my own schedule was the best part! I try to make a schedule for us three at home. Don't get me wrong I still have my lazy moments and have days where I don't want to do a thing, but that's the beauty of it! I CAN have lazy days and just make up for it later at night or the next day. I thank our Lord so much for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to be a stay at home mom. Stay at home moms deserve all the respect in the world and quite frankly I think we are meant to stay home and watch the children. If you reflect on the Proverbs 31's Virtuous Woman, you see she takes care of all her duties and works from home, she is a Christian wife. Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Are you a work at home mom, stay at home mom, working mom? Do you like what you are doing? What would you like to do? Let me know what you think!