One Year Later – SAHM Life

On January 31, it occurred to me that it had been one year since I left my corporate job to stay at home with Layla. That 12 months was the absolute quickest (and arguably most life-changing) of my life. It’s difficult to even get back into that mindset I was in at the time because so much has changed. I felt so anxious, so unsure if I was making the right decision. Even though I wanted to stay home with my little one, I struggled with the thought of losing my identity, losing adult-time, and losing all I had worked towards since graduating college.

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And of course, one year later, I can say that all of that anxiety was for naught. This past year has been such a blessing and has really given me perspective on my life and career. Although I enjoyed having a job, it was not a career that I particularly loved. And now that I’ve been home, I’ve realized how much it didn’t define me or even fulfill me. On the other hand, I feel passionately about being able to stay home and be with Layla on a daily basis. That is fulfilling to me.

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Every day is different, and just with a job outside of the home, some are more difficult than others. But I can wholeheartedly say that my worst days at home with Layla couldn’t beat the good days at the office. (Although I do miss the monthly office cupcake parties. I might need to make those happen 😉 )

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So in case there are any mamas out there that are struggling with the same anxieties as I was one year ago, I’m here to say that it may not be the easiest job, but it can be really great, fun, and fulfilling.

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13 thoughts on “One Year Later – SAHM Life

  1. Dalia

    My little one is 8 months now, and I live in a country where I can have up to three years paid maternity leave. I chose two, because we want two kids, and I love the kid and I get that momma-bear feeling when I imagine having to leave him with strangers… But goodness, when he is whiny all day, my only outing has been our usual walk in the park and my only contact with a grown-up is chitchat with the lady at the bakery, I do feel frazzled and not like myself. Whatever “myself” is.

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  2. Dalia

    My little one is 8 months now, and I live in a country where I can have up to three years paid maternity leave. I chose two, because we want two kids, and I love the kid and I get that momma-bear feeling when I imagine having to leave him with strangers… But goodness, when he is whiny all day, my only outing has been our usual walk in the park and my only contact with a grown-up is chitchat with the lady at the bakery, I do feel frazzled and not like myself. Whatever “myself” is. And I do not look as put together as you either.

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  3. Stacy

    Wish I could’ve been a SAHM with my oldest 2 (they’re 27 & 20 yrs old). I was a single mom so that was not an option. Also wish, at times, that I could be one now w/ my little 10 month old. I just don’t know if I’d have the energy needed. It’s a much different game in your 40’s vs your 20’s.

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  4. Rachel

    This post is just what I needed as I now read I am not alone. I have family members that wish I would go back into teaching and use the degree I spent years obtaining but being a stay at home mom is my calling now for sure. I felt the same anxieties, but I am truly happier here then working full time for sure.
    Rachel xo
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