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