Friday, April 30, 2010

SAHM in da' HOUSE

So, since I became a stay-at-home-mom I kinda fell off the blogging bandwagon. I was overwhelmed with my transition and had A LOT going on and well... that's my excuse. Sometimes we need a break you know. I needed a blogging break. I didn't read many blogs, nor did I post. I needed to step away from the computer for a little while and focus on my family! I am learning how to balance everything at home and still do the things I love... one of them being blogging.

With that being said, let me share with you how being at home has been! To sum it up in one word... WONDERFUL! Absolutely wonderful! I feel so blessed to be able to be a SAHM. Beyond blessed. Undeserving even.

I got Addison on a great schedule that let's me sleep until 7 or 8. It's great! She has been on a schedule since she was about 4 weeks. Thankfully my child doesn't HAVE to be on a strict schedule so we always have some flexibility. I am not going to get too into her schedule etc. (saving that for another post).

So, what does being a SAHM mean to me? It means, I am a better mom. It means I am a better wife. It means I am a better daughter. It means I am a better friend. Overall... it means I am a BETTER ME!

Why? When I was working from 8-5 and going to the gym for an hour 3-4 days a week, I was STRESSED! Cooking dinner stressed me out. Grocery shopping stressed me out. Keeping a clean house stressed me out. Talking on the phone stressed me out. Why all the stress. Well at the end of the day... I only had about 3 hours with Addison before she went to bed. And 4 with my husband. It wore on me. BIG TIME! I wasn't being a good "anything." I was selfish with that time and didn't have the energy or time to keep up the important relationships in my life.

I am not perfect now by any means. I am still a busy lady. I have yet to be asked "So what do you do all day??" But when I am... I have a list of things to tell who ever so dares ask me that. Thankfully, I take care of things that I used to take care of on the weekends so I can enjoy my weekends with my family. No stress, no "have to's." It's amazing.

Being home with Addison means that I will never miss any of her "firsts." I am so thankful for that. It means having SO much time to love on those sweet cheeks. It means going on play dates with other sweet babies.

I am working on a few things to be able to have some income. We shall call this income... "play money." It's what Adam and I will use to "play" some. Go on a small beach vacay perhaps... shop a tiny bit... who knows! I will let you in on those secrets when they are more firm :)

I realize being a SAHM isn't for everyone. Some people don't want to and I think that's completely a personal choice. Whatever is best for YOU and YOUR family! Some people can't do it because of finances. That makes me SAD! I had a friend say to me once "I am a better mother when I come home after being with uplifting adults all day!" And I totally get that! But this is what is best for ME and MY family! I wouldn't trade it for anything and I wouldn't change a thing! This is the hand of God playing out His plan for me and my family and I feel that 100%. And I am so beyond thankful to Him for all He has provided for me to be able to be a SAHM!

My beautiful family out for my dad's birthday dinner! How can I NOT stay home with this beautiful angel I call my daughter??


ALM with her Grammy

ALM with her Paw

46 comments:

quite contrary said...

so happy it is working out for you and staying home...I feel like I would be the same way as you and hope I am blessed to have the opportunity one day when I have children too...time is precious!

Being Brazen said...

So wonderful that you can stay at home.

I hope when I have a child one day that I can also stay at home. :)

Enjoy it!

California Wife said...

It's so great to hear that you're enjoying being a SAHM! I bet it's fantastic!

The Shabby Princess said...

I'm so happy for you. I knew in my heart that you'd be a SAHM, and so glad that it has worked out.

That family picture of you three is gorgeous. And I'm DYING over your hair--so freaking beautiful!

THE Stephanie said...

Congrats on making the switch to SAHM. And yes, your girl is too adorable to leave!! So cute!

Shannon said...

Yay for you! So happy that it's everything you hoped it would be. I know I sure love being a SAHM. You have a beautiful family!

In this wonderful life... said...

so so happy you are getting to do what is best for you and you guys!!! yous seem so happy!!!! YAY!! :) xoxo

Lauren Kelly said...

I think it’s so great when people are afforded the opportunity to be SAHM’s!!! And you have such a precious family!!!! :)

Tracy's Porch said...

You sound so happy!

Love the beautiful family picture.

Paige said...

Isn't it just the best?? Addison is as adorable as ever- and what abeautiful family pic!

Mrs. Southern said...

I'm so happy for you! Glad you are loving being home with Addison! I love being home with Parker! It's such an amazing feeling to see him do new stuff everyday. I too have been taking a blogging break! :)

Jesslee said...

So happy for you! Love your cute little family pic.

Minnesota Girl said...

yay! So excited for you! Sounds like you are really cherishing all this one-on-one time with your sweet baby!

My mom was a SAHM and I hope that when J and I have kids, I'll be able to do the same. I wouldn't want to miss all of the baby's "first" things.

Have a great weekend =)

Lindsey said...

So glad you hear you are enjoying being a SAHM! YAY! Good for you mamma! Addison is so gorgeous!

Mrs. Buck said...

Yay! Your happiness shines through in this post. I'm so happy for you that everything is working out so well. Looking forward to your post about how you're going to be making "play money".

Muffy said...

I am SO happy for you! Being a SAHM is my ultimate plan. I agree with your post FULLY! 100%! Good for you. Don't let anyone ever tell you working is a better choice. You ARE working...on growing a healthy smart wonderful child!!!! Congrats to you!

midnight macaroons said...

Your baby girl is absolutely adorable!!! I can't get over how cute she is everytime you post a picture.

Wishing you much happiness and success in your new adventures as a SAHM. I know you'll be great.

Newlywed Next Door said...

So happy this worked out for you!

You are a great Mom! And ALM is just so precious!

Melissa said...

can i just say how amazing you look? i hope i lose the baby weight as quickly as you did!! :)

Sarah said...

Hi!! I'm trying to email you because I have a few questions about being a SAHM but can't find your email on your blog? Am I just missing it?

Tiffany said...

What a great post - so happy for you! You and your family look so happy and content.

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Glad to see you back!

Trina said...

I don't say this to make you sad, but I'm sitting here with a lump in my throat because I want this so bad. So so bad.

When you said everything stressed you out and you were selfish with the time you did have at home. That's me. And I hate it.

And now the lump has turned to tears.

You are so very blessed and I am glad Addison gets to have her mommy at home.

Angela said...

That's great that your loving being a SAHM! My husband and I have three girls 7 and under and I have been blessed to be home with them sense my oldest was born, and I love it! I will say though that I work harder as a SAHM then I did when I worked, lol!

amy (metz) walker said...

So glad you're able to do this, that you're enjoying it, and I think it's a testament to you and Adams willingness to sacrifice some of the things you had/enjoyed (boat, truck, shopping) for the greater good of sweet ALM! Love that you're happy!

Now, I need to quit commenting while driving for MeganTree would surely have a heart attack of she knew! Ha!

Kate said...

SO glad that you are loving it! You and your family are gorgeous!!!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I am so happy for you! And I beg of you, please post that schedule you put ALM on at 4 weeks or e-mail me! Baby Girl and I are struggling and we've got to figure out something before I DIE of exhaustion!!

And I love those photos. What a gorgeous family!

Preggo Runner said...

I'm so happy for you girlfriend! I hope one day I can be where you are, it's just not going to work out for us right now, and I get it.. I know what you mean about stressed.. I am always stressed. I work (2) 12 hour & (1) 10 hour days per week and that kills me there is nothing left to the day.

Lianna Knight said...

ALM is PRECIOUS!!! Love that sweet little smile :)

Rachel said...

I am SO happy that you get to stay home with that sweet baby girl every single day! I may not be a mommmy, but when the day comes when I have my own little one, I will say goodbye to work just like that! I can't imagine working 8 hours a day all the time knowing my baby was with someone else.

PS - Little ALM's cheeks are the cutest! She is too precious!!

Risa said...

Your family is so cute! You look so happy!

Sassy In The South said...

I am so so so happy for you, Lynds! I think it is such a blessing that you're able to be a SAHM! And, I agree, everyone is different and needs different things, but it sure is wonderful to be able to be at home with your sweet doll of a baby and enjoy the days with her! Also, I would love for you to read my new blog! Let me know if you want an invite and what email address to send it to! (sassyinthesouth1@gmail.com) --- By the way, I tweeted this comment to you, but I am not sure you got it if you don't follow me on twitter, but your new pic is BEAUTIFUL!! Seriously, you're looking fabulous!

Melissa said...

I am so happy that your new career is making you a Better You! It is the most challenging job, but yet the most rewarding. It is the highest paying job in my book!!! Good luck on your new journey as a professional SAHM! I cannot wait to hear all of the stories to come! Your little girl is just beautiful!!!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

oh my love! this post makes me SOOOO happy!!! i am so glad that it worked out! you are such a great mommy and ALM is just adorable! and i love that family pic! when are we getting together for a playdate??

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JM said...

wow! So excited for you and your family. What a beautiful family!! I hope to one day have one of my own. You look beautiful and soooo sooo happy. I am also in love with your daughter even though I haven't met her. She's gorgeous!

Chic Runner said...

okay i'm SO freaking obsessed with ALM! She is addddorable! :) What a cute baby you made. :) Glad you are having a great time being a stay at home mom and loving it so much. :) YAY!

Megan said...

I am SO happy for you! You are so blessed and I am so thankful that God allowed the SAHM door to be opened for you! I pray that one day I am able to do the same. I spend SO much time worrying about it now and I don't even have a child, what the heck is wrong with me?!?!? I see how happy it makes you and I love that! BTW that picture is AMAZING, girl you are beautiful!

Ashley Perry said...

I LOVE THE NAME ADDISON!

Krystyn said...

I'm glad things are going so well for you.

Miss ALM is getting so big and she's such a cutie.

Brandi said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you and that adorable little girl!! Y'all enjoy it!!

AndreaLeigh said...

I am seriously so very happy for you, but I have to say at the same time I'm jealous. I'm one who can't stay at home because of finances. I'm so conflicted ALL THE TIME. I'm happy I have a job bc it allow us to pay our bills. But I hate leaving my boy each day. It kills me that someone else spends more time with him than I do. I work 8-6 T-F so I get a matter of hours with him each night. Ugh.

Mrs. R said...

Love your blog and I am so happy for you! Being a SAHM is a blessing and I am counting down the days I say bye to work and stay with my baby on the way!! I cannot wait!

The Ross Family said...

I'm right there with you girl! Beautiful pics too, I love the family one!

Mrs. Williams said...

Congrats to you!! I'm new to your blog but this topic caught my interest. I'm kind of going through some changes that will allow me to be a SAHM and I'm so excited and scared about it. But, congrats to you and your family. I totally agree that this important choice is a totally personal one for every family and you have to do what is best for your family and weather you work or stay at home. Neitheir, one makes any mom a better mom over the other.

sanjeet said...

wonderful that you can stay at home.
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