There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home

Posted on: July 28, 2011

Each day when I drop my little man off at the babysitter’s house, I feel like I’m leaving behind a piece of my soul.  I stare at his adorable smiling face as I hand him off to the sitter and think, “She gets to spend all day with him and I don’t.  It’s not fair”.  She is the one who gets to comfort him when he cries, she gets to see his smiles and hear his giggles all day long.  She gets to play with him, feed him, see all his goofy facial expressions and hear his cute babbling.  She gets all of that and what do I get?  Eight hours at a desk.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and the people I work with, but if given the option, I’d be a stay-at-home mom.

I have some friends who are stay-at-home moms (SAHM) and I am so jealous of them.  They spend each moment of their day getting to take care of their little one and enjoy sweet moments with them.  They have the freedom to go on outings with their children, they will be there for every smile, hug, and tear.  They know they will be present for all their baby’s “firsts”.  I, on the other hand, worry that my son will take his first steps or say his first word at the babysitter’s house and I’ll miss it. 

Yes, I do know it’s not all rainbows and kittens being a SAHM.  It is very exhausting and some people go crazy without adult interaction all day.  And sometimes, your kids just plain drive you nuts. I know, I’ve been there.  When my baby was just three months old my husband had to go out-of-town for eight weeks.  It was a LOT of work, extremely exhausting, and frustrating taking care of the baby all by myself.  BUT, I figured things out and worked my way through it.  And, as hard as it was, I still loved it. 

I’d give anything to be at home with my little man 24/7.  But, since that’s not in the cards for me right now, I’ve got to learn to accept that and be satisfied with the way things are.  It makes the time I do have with him that much more precious.  Who knows, maybe in a couple of years when baby number two comes along, I’ll be able to stay home. But until then, I’ll take what time I can get and cherish each moment.

2 Responses to "There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home"

Thanks for sharing this. Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs, whether we stay at home or work outside the home. Those little children just wiggle ways into our hearts we didn’t know existed. I’m glad you posted ;).

It sure is a hard job. But, we love it! 🙂

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