Anytime we go through big changes in life it can be a challenge. My journey from stay-at-home to work-at-home mom is no different.
As a homeschooling-stay-at-home-mom, so much of who I was was wrapped up in my children and as me being a mom.
When life took an unexpected turn and I could no longer be with my children 24/7, I went from snuggling with toddlers and reading books to math lessons and art projects all day to seeing my children only a few hours a day, it was hard. I’m no longer a stay-at-home-mom, but a work-at-home-mom.
Sometimes I think it would be easier to have a 9-5 where I got to the office everyday and then I come home to spend my evening with my family and I could leave my work behind — at the office.
But I can’t, I don’t work a 9-5, which is both a blessing and a curse sometimes. But as we’ve adapted, it’s definitely more of a blessing.
I create my own work schedule. For the most part…I am completely free to decide which days and which hours of those days I will work. This has been so helpful as I’m able to carve out several hours in the middle of every day to help with my kiddos homeschooling. I hadn’t helped my children with their math lessons in a couple of months, my hubby did it all, and I can’t tell you how much I MISSED IT.
The past few weeks I’ve been able to give my children their math lessons…it’s been so wonderful to be able to do that.
Working-at-home requires a special balance…but when you pair that with a houseful of 5 children and a hubby, it can be quite overwhelming at times!
Not every day is easy, some days are downright hard…but isn’t that life? Not only have I had to start working full-time, but now my husband doesn’t work and spends his days helping at home…but with disabilities. He’s not the same, I’m not the same…our home is full of love and noise and dirty feet running about and giggles and sticky kisses and violin lessons and bugs in jars (and sometimes not in jars!) and up-too-late-nights and music that is too loud and teenagers and toddlers…and a baby on the way.
Yes, just when we thought, “okay, we’ve got this… this is the new normal. We’re good.” There’s a curve ball — we are so excited to be expecting baby Dyball number 6, due to be here sometime in March 2016.