I have never stayed at home a day in my life ever since I first started working 6 years ago. So, having to wake up in the morning and not rush to get out of the house to catch the bus is a new experience for me. But that doesn’t mean that my mornings aren’t rushed--I struggle to get up in the morning because my baby wakes up at least 3 times at night.
I have a supportive husband who doesn’t need to be served hand and foot, so I have no worries in those quarters. But, staying at home has not been easy for me because I am not a person who takes to domesticity easily. My sanity has been threatened more than once by the monotony and the sheer drudgery of this life but I have tried to overcome it as best as I can. The charming smiles and gurgles of laughter of my little baby are good mood boosters!
Over the course of a few months, I have begun to see the benefits of being a stay-at-home mom. I don’t think they will ever outweigh the benefits of being a working mom but I have to admit that staying at home with your baby allows you to do things that may not be possible if you have a full-time job.
I can (literally) watch my baby grow and develop day by day.
I think this is one reason that all stay-at-home moms will agree with. Being able to watch your baby turn for the first time or see his expression when he is introduced to a new food is priceless. My baby is currently trying very hard to master crawling and the results are hilarious.
I can catch up on sleep in the middle of the day.
My baby wakes up at least 3 times at night for a quick snack and sometimes more--just for a cuddle. At times, he will wake up at 4 a.m. wanting to play. All this takes a toll on my nighttime sleep, which is obviously very poor. So, I have no option but to nap during the day along with my baby. Staying at home allows me to do that.
I can try my hand at activities that I always wanted to do, but did not have the time.
Getting ready for work, traveling to and from work, and spending time at the office easily took up 12 hours of each day. I didn’t have the time, energy, or the enthusiasm to try my hand at things like learning to sew, learning to play an instrument, taking vocal music classes, learning a new language, starting DIY projects, and so on. I still cannot do most of these things because my baby is too young, but I can browse the web to pick up some tips and tricks.
I can explore my neighborhood.
This may seem strange but I have never done this before in all the time that I spend in a locality. By the time I get back home from work, it is late evening and dinner preparations have to be started. So there’s no time for a short walk. Now that I spend most of my time indoors with my baby, going for a brief outing is a much-needed activity. I never knew there were so many interesting things around my house!
I can focus on self-improvement.
I read many self-improvement articles but I am never quite able to implement their suggestions. The reason? Lack of time---and energy. I am still very tired throughout the day and quite busy entertaining my little one, but it helps to change track and start a course on something that will help me in the future. Of course, the biggest challenge is to finish what I started.
My reasons for enjoying the stay-at-home phase may seem silly but they mean a lot to me!
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