Posts tagged SAHM
Posts tagged SAHM
Spring wardrobe update: tees
While t-shirts may be the unofficial top for the SAHM (seen weekdays and weekends…everywhere), it certainly doesn’t mean that they need to appear sloppy and unkempt. I hesitated wearing them when I decided to stay home because I felt like they were a slippery slope to wearing pajamas all day, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth! As it turns out, they are both functional (for trips to the park and making messy lunches) and fashionable (to throw on for a last minute lunch at Fred’s).
Check out the latest tees of the season (some of my favorites shown here) boasting fun colors and patterns. Perfect with a pair of fitted jeans, relaxed shorts or a bold skirt. Keeping the peanut butter and jelly off of them in public is another story…
[images via Net-a-Porter, Piperlime and J Crew]
Now that I’m a stay-at-home mom, I often get asked (by friends that don’t yet have kids, friends that have kids, but still work or complete strangers) what I do all day. I thought I would share a random day (yesterday) to answer that question. The point of this post isn’t to say, “look how hard it is to be a mom” or “see, I’m not really sitting around watching The Kardashians while my kid destroys my house unattended”, but just to give you a glimpse of my world that can be challenging, but that I have grown to love!
It has been five months since I changed “careers” and became a SAHM. I was doing marketplace marketing for an accounting/consulting firm as well as getting my Masters of Integrated Marketing and Communications at Northwestern. I was putting in a lot of hours (not including those dedicated to the non-profits I served). I got pregnant faster than I ever expected (we were VERY fortunate) and it was blissful news; we were euphoric! I continued to plug away, but it was tiring (as it turns out, creating a human takes quite a bit of work). I feared that I wasn’t doing what was right for me nor my baby, so I decided to postpone school. It was a nice break, but I really missed learning and the interaction.
I wasn’t sure how I would feel as a new mom. I loved working, but I also knew that with my husband’s travel schedule, two working parents may not be the best option for our family.
I could bore you with a bunch of chatter about how it’s the toughest job on earth (which it is) or how I don’t know how working moms do it (which I don’t), but you’ve probably heard that already from multiple sources. The thing is, you don’t know what sort of mom you will be or will want to be until you become one. Some days, I do want to put on a chic black dress and my Choos and hop on the train with my husband to the office. On most days, however, I’m so thrilled that I chose this path and get to throw on a tank and a pair of comfy flats and witness Little B’s every move, reaction, milestone, and smile. He is not easy to leave.
I gave myself a year of “training.” Of course, I understand that being a mother requires much more, but a year that is interrupted. I am not trying to “do it all” this year. I’m not going to try to figure it all out, plan the next five years of my life nor commit to things that take me away from my family (with the exception of serving on one non-profit and a Vegas bachelorette party, of course). After this full year with Little B, I will access the situation and plan with my husband (even though my A-type personality wants to start now).
I would like to work away from the home again someday or go back to school, but I will cross that bridge when I am hydrated, stretched and ready to run over it. For now, I will humor you and myself with with pics from our play dates, music classes, attempt at making family dinners, occasional nights out with my friends, shoes I’m lusting over and weekly manicures (because that is clearly important!). I hope you like it. Thanks for joining me on this journey…