When I was little and you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I’d always say “a mommy and a marine biologist”. I always listed mommy first. As I got older the type of jobs I was interested in changed a bit, but I knew more than anything I wanted to have the hardest job of all. I wanted to be a mom, and I wanted to stay at home with my kids if at all possible.
I think a lot of that comes from the fact that my mom was a stay at home mom. She was always there for us 24/7, and she didn’t go back to work until I was well into my teenage years. We never had to worry about a babysitter, daycare, riding the bus, or any of that. I didn’t take into consideration how much having her at home really meant to me until I was older.
Now I’m so thankful that our financial situation allows me to stay at home with my little girl. I can give her everything she needs, and I’m not missing any of those special little first times. I don’t have to worry about how she’s going to get to school, and I even have the option to home school her like I would prefer. She’s only going to be little once, and those moments are precious gifts that I don’t want to miss.
Sure it’s hectic at times, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Seeing my little girl playing and giggling this morning as I made faces at her, cooed with her, and did raspberries on her tummy reassured me that this moments alone with her are more precious than anything else in this world.