One Month Ago Today

A month ago today, I quit my job to stay-at-home.  It’s been both exactly what I expected and not what I expected at all.

So far, my schedule has been pretty erratic.  I’d like to think that’s just because I haven’t established a routine, but mostly I haven’t had a chance to start to form one.  The last four weeks have been a mixture of inconsistencies between the schedule for the family and my own work. 

I’d like to hope that a typical schedule will gradually develop, but I am starting to think that anything resembling an average week went out the window a month ago.

For now, it’s just playing it by ear and see how things go.


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When Push Comes To Shove

Despite my ass-backward approach, my transition from to SAHM has actually been a long-time coming.

It didn’t come like a freight train barreling down on me in a frightening manner.

Nor like a holiday present you are eagerly waiting to receive.

More like an impending root canal, where you know you’re going to have to suffer through a procedure to improve your overall quality of life. You can only avoid the event for so long before it becomes crucial, and when it does happen…you’re so relieved that you welcome the event.

I can’t tell if that makes it sound better or worse than it actually is.

It’s probably both….

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Doing Things Ass-Backward

It should have come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, that I do things completely out of order.

While other freshmen in high school were taking Earth Sciences, I opted to skip ahead to Biology.  The result was having to loop back around and take it as a senior after I came to the understanding that more advanced sciences and I were not compatible.

So, while most individuals who elect (whether by choice or circumstance) to become a SAHM get in on the ground floor when their kids are infants or toddlers, I (in typical ass-backward fashion) have delayed this for a long time.

I worked full-time for more than 6 years since my oldest son was born. Then, I stepped down to part-time for a couple years.

Finally, I decided (and finances aligned) that it was time to join the stay-at-home moms.

Both my boys have now started school full-time (Second Grade and Kindergarten), which seems like an odd time to make the transition.

Or is it?

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If The Shoe Fits…And Sometimes When It Doesn’t

Growing up, my mother was a stay-at-home mother (SAHM).  Even after all of us had started school full-time.

I thought she was crazy pants.  I couldn’t imagine being bored at home all day, so dependent on my spouse financially, or have my entire existence defined by parenthood.

My dad was in the Navy and deployed on 6-month cruises periodically, so it actually made perfect sense for our family to have a dedicated adult on stand-by to deal with the absurdity of school schedules, after-school activities, medical appointments, and general child-rearing for the three of us girls.

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