Today I’m stealing these questions from Jessica’s blog Pig & Dac.
Are you a stay at home mom? Do you work outside the home or maybe you’re even a work at home mom?
Are you a Stay at home mom or a Working Mom?
Stay at home mom.
What made you come to that decision?
I’m not sure? Was it just assumed? I got a job at as a part time vet tech right after I found out I was pregnant. I don’t remember ever even considering staying on once L was born. I remember talking about me working when she was little but it seemed like anything I did would just be paying child care costs. It wasn’t worth it to me to work just to pay someone else to raise my kid.
Was your mom a stay at home mom or working mom?
She stayed at home. I remember being jealous of my friends with working parents that got to go home on their own after school. Not sure why, it just seemed cool. Having kids of my own now and being there after school for L definitely makes me realize how lucky I was.
How old are your children?
9 and 4. Will be 10 and 5 in February! Oy vey. I don’t even know how that is possible.
Are you part of any mom groups/play groups?
When L was little we had a TON of playgroup mom/kid friends. It was my main mission to get us out and socialize and I ended up making some of my best friends during that time. After Timmy came it seemed a little harder. We did the playgroup thing for a little bit but found it was easier to just find a couple friends with similar aged kids and just hang out with them. I’ve become much more antisocial since L was little.
Did you always know you wanted to be a SAHM?
Yeah, I guess so. I mean, it’s all I knew growing up so it’s just what I figured I would do too.
How long do you plan to stay at home?
That’s the scary part…my kids are getting older. I’ve been a SAHM for so long now (9.5 years!) but next year I will have two kids in school. The idea of finding some kind of part time work is both scary and exciting.
Did you go to school before becoming a stay at home mom?
High school haha. We married young and almost 2 years later had Layla.
If you worked before having children, do you miss it?
I do miss it sometimes. The closer I get to having my days free again the more I realize it. After being mom for so long I do miss getting dressed in real pants and seeing other grown ups.
What was your job/career before you became a mom?
I definitely didn’t have a career before kids. I worked at a boarding kennel and then the vet clinic before kids and some photography after L was born.
Do you have a daily routine or just go with the flow day by day?
Our go with the flow has turned into a general routine. Outside of school there isn’t much though…Wake up, get kids ready and off to school (preschool), from then until lunch it’s gym, shower, random chores/blogging if I have time, then off to get Timmy. We have lunch and hang out until it’s time to get L. From there it’s more of the same. Hang out, dinner, showers, bed. Twice a week I go to roller derby practice at night.
Do you keep up with the housework or is it shared with your husband/partner?
I mostly feel that since I’m staying home and taking on the ‘homemaker’ title that the house and kids are considered my job. Now, whether it all gets done is a different story 😉 T does all the outside stuff though and he makes the bed every day.
Do you do anything on the side to earn extra money? If so what?
I have made a whole $6 from the ads on my blog lol And I have the Etsy shop. Nothing super lucrative but it’s fun and something to do. I’m just too lazy to add more to it.
What is one thing you love about being a SAHM mom?
I might complain about being with the kids all. the. time(at least before Timmy started preschool a few weeks ago…) but when it comes down to it I really do love being here with them to just see them grow. That sounds cheesy but it is what it is. Especially with T being military and missing out on large chunks of the kids lives I am thankful to be here to see it all. I might joke about wanting to trade jobs with him but I know I couldn’t leave them for so long.
What is one thing you hate about being a SAHM mom?
I’m going on 10 years of butt wiping. I did get a bit of a break between kids but the whole little kid thing is getting old. Also, being a stay at home mom gets incredibly lonely. Especially during the years where its just hard to get out and do things with littles (terrible 2s-4s?)