As previously mentioned, yesterday was my first "real" full day off work as a result of my part-time position. Before this week I was working 8-5, Monday-Friday. Mind you, I was lucky to be able to work from home quite a bit, but it wasn't the same. I wanted to be home when I was home, not be clicking away at my computer doing work. Yesterday I got a glimpse of the simple life that I love so much.
So my new work schedule is working two full days and one half day each week. I am loving it so far. Yesterday and today I would usually be working, but not anymore- I'm free to do what I want when I want.... well, as free as you can be with a two year old.
Yesterday was lovely... went to the gym, did yardwork, cleaned the house, went to the grocery store, made a delicious dinner, and all the while having quality time with my boy. Dylan enjoyed spending the day with me too- he was my little buddy and helped me (in his two year old way) with whatever I was doing.
I know that I'm acting like this was the first day I've had off ever.... I'm always off on the weekends and I just got home from a week long vacation. There was just something extra special about yesterday. I knew that I would typically be working the whole day, and it was so nice to not feel chained to my phone or computer in efforts to get some work done. It's like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and it's lovely.
Is this how full-time stay at home moms feel? A lovely freedom to do whatever they and the kiddos want/need to do? I know that being a full-time stay at home moms is not easy or stress-free by any means, but there is a wonderful freedom in being able to just be at home taking care of your children each day without having to rush off to work.
I remember The Great Meltdown of 2010 where I had a legit freak out over all the things I was trying to do. Work full time, mom full time, take care of the house, cook dinners, serve at church, pay attention to Ben, tend to my own needs, etc. I felt like I had so much on my plate that I wasn't able to do anything well. Luckily, the worst of those feelings passed, but I always felt like I was trying to do too much. Or maybe I just had too much going on to keep up with the expectations I had for myself. Either way, I am beyond thrilled to have more time at home with my boy.
I haven't received my first part-time paycheck, so I'm sure it'll be a little depressing to see my income be cut in half. You know what though? I'm not that worried. I know that Ben and I can cut back on our spending and make things work just fine. It is worth it.
It is so worth it.