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My New Job As A Stay-At-Home Mom

Mommy + Baby. I'm so excited that I'll be getting to see this sweet view for a lot longer now.

I am now officially a stay-at-home-mom!  I also now know what that acronym “S.A.H.M.” means – I probably should’ve figured it out before, but it wasn’t applicable so I didn’t pay much attention.

I went into the preschool where I worked for the past 3 years and signed all the paper work.  It was sad leaving my amazing co-workers and the wonderful students in my class, but I know that home with Fern is where I need to be for now.

In the weeks right after I had Fern I couldn’t imagine being “stuck at home” with her.  I was stressed out, emotional and overwhelmed and getting back to a classroom full of 3-4 years olds (primarily boys with crazy energy) sounded infinitely better than being home with an infant.  But, now that we’re starting to get into a groove, I honestly love being home with her and I couldn’t imagine dropping her off with someone else to watch her all day.

Read more after the jump!

I know I probably won’t be that mom that has it all together and meets her husband at the door when he gets home from work with a cocktail in hand and diner piping hot on the table.  I’m working my way towards just making dinners regularly…right now I’m at about 50%, which I think is pretty good.  But, I know that both my husband and I feel that being home with Fern is very important and some days all I’ll manage to get done is snuggling up on the couch with her, and that’s ok.  This is the right choice for us and I’m very excited about it.

Does this mean I’ll never go back to work?  Probably not.  I’m still blogging here at Babble and doing freelance wardrobe styling projects, so I’m hoping to stay busy enough that I still enjoy being home and don’t feel trapped.  I’m excited to be able to devote more time to creative endeavors and things that I am passionate about… obviously after I master how to manage making dinner and vacuuming (at least once a month!).

To the stay at home moms out there: how do you balance time with your children and productivity?

I need to learn your secrets!

 

•Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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