Making The Most of a Stay-At-Home Role
When Jeff told me we were moving to Florida and I’d be able to spend more time with our son I thought, this should be fun — scary, but fun. See, after maternity leave, all I could think of was my son and how my father, who is now on disability after a recent open heart surgery, would care for Sebastian. It was great to see them engage before I headed out to work but I’d come home to a sleepy baby and little time for us to interact.
Jeff and I took some time off before our move from New Jersey to Florida so we could get things ready in advance and, of course enjoy our time together as a family. Now Jeff is at work while mommy is home with the boys. Childcare, cleaning, cooking, laundry-doing are my current skills, and I’m embracing them each step of the way.
My workouts consist of picking up my six-month-old and tugging back the leash when Rocky feels the need to get frisky during our afternoon walks. There’s also dusting, sweeping and mopping which add a nice cardio to the mix.
There are moments I wish I was back at the office thinking of the next “big” idea for a client or writing up the latest retail/B2B marketing happening, but honestly, as much as it can get exhausting there’s a shiny side to this craft we call motherhood. I get to enjoy the little things like the other day when my son played with LEGOs for the first time or last week when he tried carrots and made funny faces. I would’ve never experienced these moments if I were still in NJ. My father would have to tell me about it when I’d get home and I’d only be able to smile and imagine him doing these things. Now, I don’t have to… and I don’t miss a moment to be with him. I’m hoping Jeff and I hit the lotto one day so we can both be home with our little guys *fingers crossed* 😉