I had always wondered how couples could live with a single income and thought it would never be a possibility for us. We always needed everything we both earned and surely bringing a new baby into the mix would make the money that much more necessary. When my son was eight months old I was laid off and wasn't sure how things would work going forward without my income.
I have been unemployed for 6 months now, half a year with not so much as 2 return calls for jobs. The job market is so saturated with equally qualified people that employers are being inundated with applicants. In the meantime I have thankfully been able to collect unemployment while searching for jobs and that is helping us get by. The whole reason I went for a broad Bachelors degree in Business was to have a good variety of choices when it came to looking for a job, I never dreamt it would be this difficult to find it.
Being a stay-at-home mom is very rewarding and fun. I get to be with my son as he grows up and learns new things and we get to do all sorts of activities together; even if it's just going to the grocery store. I sometimes wonder how on Earth I would get all these things done if I were to go back to work. Not to mention it would be so difficult to come home only to spend just 2-3 hours before he goes to bed.
As a stay-at-home mom, you will find that there are always dishes to do, laundry is piled up, and there is always something you need from the grocery store for meals. It's odd and inevitable. Most people would think we have all the time in the world and how could the laundry pile up so much but our little ones string us from one thing to another and we rarely get a chance to clean up the last activity before we start the new one. Nap time is our only reprieve... but not to do anything for ourselves because before we know it, dinner needs cooked and the baby needs fed again.
I'm thankful to have a good network of friends that are available at different times during the weekdays, they also have children, and we are able to go on adventures together. We also visit my husband's grandpa weekly to help him with things around his house, it gives us a routine and look forward to the next week.
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