After working full time for the last year I'm happy to say that I'm rejoining the ranks of the financially challenged SAHM. I stayed home with my son until he was 2 and then went back to work, only to find out a few months later I was pregnant with twins. So, Doc's orders, I had to quit, and honestly I'm glad. Neither DH or I have much in the way of earning power, and we have really struggled to make it in the past, so I was excited when we found jobs, at the same company, working the same hours, with owners that wanted me to work so badly, they were willing to pay my childcare costs on top of my salary. But the stress, and the childcare problems, were NOT worth the extra cash. Quite frankly, most of it went to convenience everything, with me being so exhausted from being preg. Plus the house never got cleaned, and my dh ended up with a lot more of the burden of taking care of ds. So even with the IDEAL working situation which I never thought existed, it basically sucked. I'm done. I doubt I'll go back after the girls are born, unless the bosses get onsite childcare, which they have discussed doing, since most of their employees are moms of young kids and some bring their babies to work, which interferes with business to some extent.
So back to tightening the belt. DH told me he was relieved too. He was really concerned about me and the babies because I was majorly stressed. I love that I have someone so supportive.
So right now I'm a little disappointed that I have to give up some things
-No more cute pregnancy clothes
-No more organic groceries
-No more paying to have the lawn mowed
But I'm more grateful than ever that
- I spent some time working and payed down almost all of our debt
-I now get to play with my son, who just turned 3, ALL DAY, we play trains, and make cookies and run around outside, I just love being a mommy. Doing that stuff before I had kids just made me weird, now I get respect for how good I am with my child.
- I live right by the Goodwill Outlet store, "Every item $0.95, every day." Lots of big sweaters and things to cut up and turn into cute baby things with my sewing machine.
-I get to take a nap each day with my ds.