“You are a stay at home mom? You are so lucky.”
More often than not when I am asked what I do for a living and I respond that I stay home with my kids, their response always has to do with how lucky I am. Lucky. And more often than not, I smile and nod and agree with them, not to offend them by correcting their assumption.
Lucky to stay home with my children indicates that by some “good fortune” or “as luck would have it” I just fell into the magical role of being a stay at home mom. This could not be more wrong. Luck has nothing to do with our family’s decision to keep me home. Truthfully, I really do feel blessed to stay home but luck has nothing to do with it.
When we were expecting our second child, looking at current childcare bills and our income level we knew that if I did go back after she was born, my whole paycheck would go towards childcare. I would be working so someone else could raise my children and every week I would just hand them my paycheck. Then there was the desire to be home with my little ones and be able to take care of them in our home with our own ideals and values.
There is nothing easy about this decision. The days are long, they are exhausting and they can be hard. Having a three month old, a three year old and a seven year old – the house gets pretty busy, pretty fast. Waking every two hours is exhausting, even though I had done it with the previous two, maybe because I have more kids to worry about during the day, and I am older now, it is tough.
Being on one income is also difficult, we do not vacation or have exotic trips, our house is not big or updated, our cars are regular old reliables and our kids do not have the best of the best because any more than what we have is simply not affordable. It can be tough, but it is a choice so I can be home, definitely not luck. That being said, I love our home, our family game nights and the memories we do make as we truly are blessed to have each other.
So, all you stay at home moms out there, I see you. I know there are rich rewards and many blessings that make the sacrifices worth it, but I also know that sacrifice is hard. I see you, I know that your situation did not come by simple luck but continues to be good because of your hard work. Hang in their mama, the days are long but the years are short. And do not let someone’s assumption of luck take away from all that work you do every single day (and night!!) without being asked, without pay and day after day without a break. You are seen, you are loved and these will be the “good ol’ days” that you will look back on. I am right here with ya!
PS – working moms, I see you too. You are loved, you are just as cherished and you work just as hard. Mommin’ just aint easy, but we are all in this together. ❤️
I love this. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Now as my little ones are getting to be school age, I have gotten the chance to go back to work when they are in school. The benefits of being able to have another hat on some days is amazing. I will always remember my days home with them and our constant projects and inventions, but I am so happy to get back into teaching.
🙂 the days are long, but the years are short. x. em.
Thank you for your transparency in this post. Before becoming a mom, I made the comment of how lucky SAHM’s were. I now understand. I’m not a SAHM but I have friends that are. Although they feel completely blessed to be him with their kids and raise them, they have also told me they wished they could “get away” for 5-7 hours like I can each day. I believe we find the solice in knowing we are not along no matter the different roads we are on. God bless you!
Thank you so much for your comment! Agreed, this motherhood is one big hood and we all have so much – we can do so much unified and lifting eachother up. x. earnest mom.