Friday, January 18, 2008

Tempting

The transition to a stay-at-home mom hasn't been the easiest. After working in corporate America for more than 10 years, the adjustment to mommy was sudden and severe.

I think my work friends were a bit surprised when I made the decision to stay home with JD. I took my career seriously and worked hard at what I did. I moved steadily up the ladder in a corporation where women have a tough time succeeding.

But I think I always knew that I wanted to be home with my babies, if my husband and I were able to swing it. It has been a tough change, both financially and emotionally. I used to be consulted about building marketing strategies for the biggest sales deals. Now I wipe backsides and noses and comfort bumped heads and scary bathtimes.

I have had a few offers to come back to fulltime work, with bigger titles and paychecks. It is pretty tempting, especially as I see things that I would love to get for JD and our family.

But I can't imagine leaving my sweet baby every morning with someone else and missing out on the important things like learning how to hold his sippy cup and how to push a toy car back and forth.

I'm so thankful that we were able to figure out how to make it work with me at home. There isn't a paycheck or title big enough for me to leave this behind right now. Of course, we haven't hit the terrible two's yet...

** - Disclaimer: This is/was the right decision for me at this time in my life. There are tons of working moms out there that are wonderful parents who are making the best decisions for their families too. I want to send out much love for the working moms too!!


2 comments:

Becky said...

I think you've got a good head on your shoulders. Way to keep your priorities in focus.

The Laird's said...

It is very encouraging to read that, we have decided I will stay at home, and we are in the worrying stage of making it work, but to know it will be well worth it is so good to hear! Thanks!