Wednesday, August 9, 2006

SAHM Shift-Ready to be Over

I am officially ready to go back to work. Yes, I said it. Yet I'm not exactly sure if I mean it.

Yesterday's dealings with my little man put me in such a foul mood that I decided that I was done being the SAHM. I'm not sure how all of you do it-but my hat goes off to you.

Maybe given my opportunity of having time off in the summer, breaks and vacations throughout the year, limited (if need be) hours worked per day, plus the fact that I work six miles from home, I feel that I am with my son quite a bit. Don't get me wrong, when he was younger I felt guilty.

Due to wonderful planning, thanks to ivillage.com, I know exactly when my son was conceived. I could even tell you the day, date, time, and well, the how. That led me to have an August baby. I stayed at home for three months. Went back to work in November, the week of Thanksgiving, so I only worked three days that week. Three weeks later and it was time for Christmas vacation, so I was able to stay home two weeks. *On a side note, I happened to get pregnant again, however lost the baby right after the new year. By this time, my little man was five months old. A week off in March for Spring Break, and well, only two months to go until summer vacation. A summer full of fun like watching him take his first step, getting him off the bottle, and celebrating his one year birthday!

As each year went on, it certainly got easier. I was blessed to find a woman in her home that lived in the same city as me to watch my little man. It was/has been the best thing for him. The love he not only receives from her, but her older children, as well as all the other kids brings a smile to my face. The social skills gained, the manners learned, and the positive influences provided have made him who he is today. She may have fed him Cheetos before me, put him in time-out for the first time (have a picture to prove), and even got medicine down him better than me, but he always knew me as mom.

This summer has been like that first summer in 2002 I spent at home with my son. I have so many wonderful memories to look back on, and I am thankful that this particular year, they ARE happy ones!

~flygirl~

9 comments:

Sicilian said...

Fly girl. . . treasure each and every moment. . . I am here to tell you. . . it goes by so fast. . . so very fast.
Ciao

Deepak Gopi said...

hi friend,
you are a great mother and a good hearted human being.
convey my regards to your little son.
Thanks forthe visit and for the link

Hannelie said...

I am so glad to read how positive it was to back to work, I have my days when I wonder if I shoud or should've. Now with the studies, I'll stick it out and be a stay-at-home-mum-student. I am very protective over Liam, not sure why, I think it might still be because of his health problems when he was born...I know I gotta relax...but I hate letting any one but me and hubby look after him...or is it jealousy...I've never been like that with the older two?

All the best for going back to work!

Tiffanie said...

Yesterday's dealings with my little man put me in such a foul mood that I decided that I was done being the SAHM.

I had some "dealings" this morning with my kids.

Sometimes, it's very challenging, especially working full time and being a single parent. ALL the responsbility falls on you.

Yes, sometimes work is not really WORK, but a BREAK.

Andrea said...

I totally envy you got to stay home, but in the same breath TOTALLY understand why you are ready to go back to work

cheers!

:)

Hliza said...

Like you, I salute all the SAHM. I always find myself easily-agitated when i have to deal with the kids tantrums and the ever-so-messy households even though I really deal with them only in the weekends.
And I envy you for having such long break!(Tried many times to apply to be a teacher but failed. Maybe they know I'm only applying because of the long breaks! LOL)
Okay, now you're all refreshed and ready to spread more of your love to the other children in school!

Sambo V. said...

I'm so glad to hear you had such a great summer!! ;)

lash505 said...

Great to hear. I love those times with the kids.

Deepak Gopi said...

May I create a link to your blog