Thursday, April 21, 2011

I must confess

I know it's only been a couple of days, but I have to tell you something.

I'm not sure how to say this and I know that I'm not supposed to say this out loud, but...

I really love being back at work.

I know that this is something I am not supposed to say as a mom, but we're all friends here, right?  And, after all, I consider this to be my judgement free zone.

So there, I said it.  I love being back at work.

I love my Peanut and I miss her like crazy, but once I'm in the office, I'm happy.

I love the people; I love the atmosphere; I love what I do almost every single day.

Sure, there are lots of negatives, but over all, my life has a sort of balance to it that I didn't even notice was missing.

And let's face facts...I just like feeling important.

Are you a stay-at-home mom?  Do you love it?  Or do you wish you were back at work? 

Are you working?  Do you love it or hate it?

PS- these pictures are from my iPhone when Peanut was only a month old.  Oh how quickly my baby grows.

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  1. You know I was jealous of how much you loved your job BEFORE, but going back is going to be REALLY hard for me. Not only will I have to leave him, but I don't get the upside of loving what I do! I'm so glad that you have such a great work environment!

  2. I think it's AWESOME that you love your work and enjoy being there! Sounds like that makes for a happy, fulfilled mom. Yay all around!

  3. I haven't decided yet whether I'll be a stay-at-home mom or working mom. But I appreciate your insight! It's nice to have a job you love, isn't it?

  4. You don't have to feel guilty!! You should feel lucky. Imagine if you went to a job you hated, how much harder everything would be!!!

  5. I am very happy for you that you have already found this balance. Loving your job is a huge part of that! There are definitely days when getting to my office is my sanctuary, and I couldn't imagine being at home with my kids all day trying to make THEM happy. But then there are days when I just wish I could be home with them, having fun, less stress and being the mom I always wanted to be. It's tough. Love what you do and do what you love - if only it were that easy!

  6. I am lucky enough to be able to leave my little girl and my new baby boy on the way (10/10/11!) with their daddy. I sometimes love my job but on the days that I don't I wish I could be a stay at home mom. I am happy for you and I am so glad you found a daycare that allows you to be happy at work.

  7. Happy Mum (or Mom) equals happy baby, so if you are happy she will be too! That's what I think anyway. I've not decided whether I'll go back yet, in the UK we get a full year (not all paid) and I'm taking that and then in October at 10 months we'll decide. Who knows which way I'll go??

  8. I'm happy this adjustment is going well for your family. I'm pretty sure I would go crazy staying home. Once the inlaws retire the hubby and I will be working full time on our farm so we'll see how it goes. That's probably 5 years away so I have time to "plan." I think! lol

  9. I'm so glad things are working out for you! My situation is a little weird since I do not yet have a full time job. I graduate from college in May. So I am unsure if I will be staying at home or getting a job. I don't know which I want to do either. Hard decisions!

  10. I'm so glad that you're loving being back in work. It's ok to say it, and to be happy being back in work. I know it's still hard and you miss Addison a LOT, but you'd be missing her a lot more and having a much harder time adjusting to things back in work if you weren't happy there.

  11. I'm really glad you said that. I wrestle all the time with wanting to go back to work. I think there's so much pressure to stay home "because it's best for the baby" and being a "good mom". It's almost like you're told that you completely suck as a mom if you go back to work. I don't believe that...but I think that's part of the reason why I stayed home. The truth is, I'm an extrovert and staying home is AWFUL somedays! But, maybe that's just me! =)

  12. You don't need to feel bad about that at all. Honestly, I think that if you're a happy mom, it's better for your daughter. So whatever you need to do to feel happy and satisfied in your life, that's what Peanut needs!

  13. As SCARED as I was to go back to work, I found that I did really enjoy it and it wasn't so bad after the first day back. I have a great schedule where I work a (VERY) long shift (24-30 hours) once a week. And it's the perfect compromise.

    I love being home with Katie but after several days in a row of it, especially with Brad and all my friends and family at work, I'm kind of in baby burnout. Then I go to work, flex my brain, hang out with my colleagues and miss my girl like CRAZY. By the time I'm done with my shift I'm very ready to get back to being a full-time mommy. I feel really blessed, like it's the best of both worlds.

  14. I stay at home and at first, I wondered what I had gotten myself into! BUT as time went on I started to love it. I ended up being able to substitute teach at the school I worked at, so when I can, I sub-it's a nice break from Brayden.

  15. I am a stay-at-home mom and can't even imagine a life of going to work full-time. I gave up a managerial position at a firm outside DC that paid a ridiculous amount of money so I could do this. It is a sacrifice from top to bottom. It's a sacrifice of having less money and less comforts. It's a sacrifice because I get very little adult interaction in a day. And it's a sacrifice because some days I go a wee-bit crazy in the head. But all-in-all I absolutely love it. I know that when I die, I will be at peace that I did exactly what I was supposed to do. When my entire brood of children are grown and gone (whenever that happens), I can move on with adult things. But for now, I will just do what I do every day as joyfully as possible! I really think it's all just a matter of checking your "inner-peace meter" and praying a lot to know that what you are doing is working and proper for you!

  16. I haven't decided yet whether I'll be a stay-at-home mom or working mom. But I appreciate your insight! It's nice to have a job you love, isn't it?


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