I have been a SAHM for just over 1.5 yrs now. Spending every day with those two cuties is the most wonderful, rewarding & most challenging thing I have ever done. I don’t know about you all, but when I first became a SAHM I thought I was going to lose my ever loving mind. No joke. Poor Jesse would come home from work and I’d be like, “I seriously don’t think I am going to be able to do this; I’ll wait until the spring and if I still feel like this I’m applying for teaching jobs.” His response, “You do whatever will make you happy babe.” Good man. Good man.
Mind you – we had moved to England the end of October which means we were entering into the land of daylight for only 6-8 hrs a day AND I had a 3 month old and an 18 month old. Hormones flaring & no close friends or family nearby. It was ROUGH & I was ready to call it quits.
Then came spring time. The sun came out & we were expecting our close friends in May. We had our 1st big trip planned to Paris with them and I was finally able to get outside with the boys. I started running again, joined the playgroup on the base & was starting to feel human with getting my body back to “normal”. It’s really amazing how those hormones can put you through a whirlwind. And it’s also pretty amazing how sunshine can help turn your frowns upside down!
That summer we enjoyed being outdoors, the boys & I kept up with our schedules and I was in the groove of being a SAHM. I would always wonder what it would be like to go back to teaching when I’d drive by the schools, but then I thought of how much I used to complain when I worked and was a Mom….and to do that with 2 kids in tow?! Hmm.
So, here we are now past our 1.5 yr mark with baby #3 on the way this October and I couldn’t imagine my life any different. How in the world did I think that this wasn’t the best job in the world? Well, I’m sure the spit up, blow outs, screaming fits & lack of sleep didn’t help. But let me tell you. These years, I will never get back. My babies will grow up and no longer want to be with Mommy. So for now, I’ll deal with the screaming, the fits, the sibling rivalry & days where I think I might lose my mind.
Because in the end…kids grow up too fast & you can never be sure of the future.
and right now…..I’m loving every bit of this lovely life I have.
And, I’m sorry, but I have the cutest kids in the world.
To my prayer warriors – I have a few prayer requests:
There are 4 families that I know who need your prayers.
1 family lost their 12yr old Son
3 families lost a Father/Husband
In each case, it came out of nowhere. No warning, just suddenly gone.
Please pray for comfort & healing during this awful time.