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staying home is not for the faint of heart.

it has been about 4 months now since i stopped working in the corporate world. well, since i stopped working an eight to five job in an office all day. before i had the little one, i thought “yeah, being a stay at home mom seems so easy! of course i can do that!” but now that i am three months into this, let me tell you, it does not come naturally to me.

first, being an independent person by heart, it is definitely an adjustment to have not much income coming in from my own work. after seven years of working on my own, it is a huge change of pace for me to have to rely primarily on someone else’s income.

second, there are days that i look back and see how much easier those eight to five days were in the office. there were people…lots of people. which meant there was not so much loneliness. there were no repetitive days of cleaning the house, changing diapers, and feeding after feeding. i was also able to actually take a shower before 3 in the afternoon.

so what does this all mean? being a stay at home mom is not for the faint of heart. and i applaud all others who have multiple children and do this. it brings to mind one word: self-less-ness. to me, it was easier working and looking out for my own, eating lunch when i wanted, making my own money.  i really think that is why it says “children are a gift from the Lord.” they teach you how to be selfless. how to give of your self. how to love without getting tired. and being selfless, my friends, is one way He molds you and shapes you into the person He wants you to be. i am finding this to be very true.

so here’s to changing diapers, not taking showers until 3 in the afternoon, and the little guy who won my heart.



beautifully said! :)


Yes there are many women who dream of being stay at home moms but I guess the grass always looks greener. I think the moral of the story is embrace and cherish where you are in life whether that’s changing dirty diapers or going to work…. or a mixture of both.

what a lovely post ! you are a great wife and mom !!


i totally agree bridget :) some people have to work for financial or other reasons. i personally might be getting a part time job at nights here soon so i can get out some. i have so much respect especially for single moms who work and raise their kids alone. phew!

Tommy Gausman

You’re a good mommy!!!!! Thank you ….I appreciate the love and care that you give my grandchild.

Love MaGe…..( Mama Gausman)


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This is adorable! I just found your blog!!! Love love love it!!!

I’m almost 2 months pregnant and will be a stay at home mom. Thanks for the insight & the heads up! =) I know it won’t be easy, but I also know it’ll be worth it. Very encouraging post!

What a lovely, honest post. I am currently still in the 8-5 cubicle world, but wondering whether or not that will be a good fit for me once I’m a mom (which will hopefully be relatively soon!). I think what you described is a perfectly normal reaction and response for a personality such as yourself. I’m sure over time it will become easier as you learn to balance your sense of self with your sense of selflessness. Really glad you found my blog, because I am glad to have found yours! Subscribing right now ;)

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