I have a new old job. I’m staying home with the crew this summer. This time of year is always rough for A and things need to be taken care of that demand a parent. (I’ll dive into more of that later) It’s bittersweet leaving AQUENT. I’ve met so many amazing people and have gotten so much from those interactions and conversations. It’s a great job when you get to be awed by the people’s strength, talent and intelligence people.
After being a SAHM, a WAHM, and Working Mom over the last 12 years I have some mixed emotions about going back to just being a SAHM.
I’m excited! So excited that they are older and don’t need diapers and can buckle themselves. This means we can do things… fun spontaneous things! Little Dude’s first comment, “Yay, now we can drive to Florida.” The others, “Uhm, Mom hates road trips.”
Then I realize that’s a lot of time to be with my kids. Who I love but who bicker a lot and when I try to hide in the bathroom they follow me. NO ONE AT WORK FOLLOWS ME TO THE BATHROOM!
And then I realized that the whole laundry grocery shopping fun day-to-day stuff was going to be all mine again not shared with Mike. I HATE THE LAUNDRY. Also, I get to the point where I am so tired of picking up their crap I start throwing things and this crazy lady comes out of me. I’m worried about her.
So, these have been the kinds of conversations I have had as I tell people my last day is June 6. And everyone has said, “Good for you.” “You are so lucky!” and even “I’m so jealous.” Because it’s true.
I am so lucky to have this choice and to have this time. I only have these 5 kids and I only get to do this parenting thing once with them.