Deciding to Stay At Home

I got quite a few comments and emails galore after posting about my decision to be a stay at home mom.  I knew that it's a decision that tons of women struggle with, and I'm so incredibly glad I posted.  Now I feel much more normal knowing that so many women feel just like I did - and that pursuing a career while raising a family definitely isn't for everyone.

I'm even more thankful that so many working mothers emailed (or in the case of my real life friends, wanted to sit down for a chat over wine or Starbucks!) to let me know that they still respect me.  That's the one and only thing I was afraid of...that working women would view me as giving up something(s) that I'd worked very hard for and that they'd respect me less.  So really, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you all - moms and not-yet-moms, and a few dads!

Right after posting, my neighbor and good friend gave me a book.  It's called In Praise of Stay At Home Moms.  It's a light, easy read and I can't recommend it enough if you are seriously struggling with your decision to stay at home or if you are just needing some encouragement.  Trust me, as thankful as I am to be staying at home and as much as I love it, sometimes the days are so long and I wonder if anything I'm doing is "right"...this book just reaffirmed me and boosted my confidence that things are gonna be ok!

I really can't recommend this book to my working mom friends.  It's by Dr. Laura and she can be a bit abrasive, condescending and judgmental.  I don't agree with everything she says and if I were a working mom, I'd be seriously offended by this book.  If I were working out of necessity rather than desire, I think the book would really depress me.

As someone who never saw myself as a mother until not long before getting pregnant, and definitely didn't know if I could even do this stay at home gig, lots of things have been eye-opening to say the least!  If you just need an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on, please email me!  I know what it's like to be unsure of my decision and not want to burden any of my friends with my neurotic back-and-forth wavering!

Oh!  And on a more exciting note - we're planning a vacation for this summer.  Drumroll's going to be away from Georgia!  We're looking at going to Jamaica and staying at a child free resort (but not Hedonism or anything like that!).  Have you visited Montego Bay or Ochos Rios?  I'd love to hear about it!

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