No Longer an Employee, Not Quite a SAHM

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  June 5, 2012 — 3 Comments

It’s official. Friday was my last day at work and I am now at home every day. I’m not really sure what to call myself, since “stay at home mom” doesn’t really fit when there’s not an actual baby here yet, and even when he does arrive I hope to still be working in my own little way. A more accurate description might be “stay at home pregnant lady and hopeful entrepreneur,” but that’s kind of a mouthful. And besides, it doesn’t capture the fact that I’m home five weeks before my due date because my doctor and I agreed that the pain in my ribs had just gotten to be too much for me to continue working. All that time spent in the car and in other peoples’ homes, trying to keep a pleasant face for my clients and coworkers, was exhausting. Now that I’m home I can work at my own pace and do whatever I need to to be comfortable, even if that means lying down and taking a nap in the middle of the day.

But it’s not all couch potato and cable tv over here, oh no. Do you know me at all? There’s so much I want to DO! This week there’s still a lot of loose ends and paperwork revolving around my clients, licensure, disability insurance, etc., but I’ve got a list a mile long in my head of projects that need doing. On the agenda:

  • Cleaning and organizing the house; “nesting,” if you will
  • Sorting through all the wonderful gifts we’ve received for Jack–finding  a place for everything and everything in its place
  • Preparing extra blog posts so I can step away from the blog guilt-free for a week or two when Jack arrives

The biggest thing, by far, will be the house. I’ve left Nick to manage the basic cleaning needs on his own for the last nine months and the rest has gone undone, so there’s lots of scrubbing, dusting, and decluttering to keep me busy for the next few weeks. I’m a big Flylady fan and often fall back on her principles when I have unstructured time at home. This is day two of me getting dressed to shoes (whether I have anyplace to go or not), shining my sink, and starting a load of laundry first thing in the morning.

I’m really excited to see what this new season of my life has in store. Do any of you spend most of your days at home, whether working or caring for little ones or just hanging out? My pets think this is pretty much the best thing ever. We’ll see if they still feel the same way when there’s a baby here, haha.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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3 responses to No Longer an Employee, Not Quite a SAHM

  1. I am retired so I have days at home. During the school year, I am a substitute so I am busy teaching two or three days per week. During the summer, even without subbing I am busy. We have many projects that we work on. This month is booked. Seriously, my son’s wedding, yard work, two FishinPals events, a trip to Ohio with my sister, yard work, yard work, working on our pond, a fishing clinic with park program kids, a local festival, cooking at church for Father’s day, more yard work (We have 13 acres), three dogs and one cat to take care of and I like to read a lot. There is plenty to do. LOL that should teach you to ask people what they do at home.

    You may feel at loose ends when you finish your paper work, but you will establish a routine and then when Jack arrives, you will be busy-busy-busy.

  2. You are a homemaker – my mom was a member of the Homemaker’s Council for many, many years, and some of them worked outside the home, some of them didn’t… but they all worked very hard making a home for themselves and their families.

  3. I’m still adjusting to life at home. It’s not as glamorous as some crack it up to be. But I do love being here with my boy. But housework alone could keep me busy all day. It’s good to be able to relax some, but nice to have structure, too!

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