Transitioning from the Office to SAHMMadelinePetersen
I have spent the last two months avoiding a huge elephant in the room. After being pretty successful in my job in architecture for the last 6 years, I knew I didn’t want to go back to the office after I had Tate. As I mentioned before, our situation at home has been stressful since my husband didn’t find a job after graduation, so I was making the bulk of our income. It was a necessary thing for me to work both for the money and the health care.
My husband was accepted to graduate school out of state (I’m sure I’ll be giving more detail about that as we will be trying to move with Tate) and we have decided to take the plunge and go. It’s a scary life change, but we are ready.
As I walked into my office today (to tell management the news), I just couldn’t fathom going back there for 8 hours a day while leaving Tate with someone else. In a lot of ways it is surreal for me to give my notice at a job I’ve had since I was a 20 year old college student. And if you were to tell me 10 years ago that I would be completely tired of working in architecture, and ready to stop working as soon as I had a baby, I probably wouldn’t believe you. I love being intellectually challenged, and I always did well in school. In fact, my husband is always making the joke that if he had been the woman and me the man, sorting out career options and finding jobs would have been easier.
The truth is, I’m so ready for from working girl to stay at home mom. I know this isn’t the right choice for everyone, but it is for me. I will always be grateful I decided to pursue my degree and gain work experience, but now I am ready to experience all the joys and frustrations of my new line of work.