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Thursday, August 28, 2008

My first week

Well, my first official week as a stay at home mommy is coming to an end. It still has not sunk yet that I don't have my job with the city anymore. If you didn't know, I worked in the 9-1-1 center for over 5 years. I LOVED working there... not always the folks or the situations at work but hey, that's par for any job any where! With the city, I worked 12 hour shifts of days, nights, weekends, and holidays. I also had paid vacations, sick time, lunch breaks, benefits, wonderful co-workers, and the always changing never the same day at work. You never knew what was going to be going on when you answered a phone line. Above all of that though, I forged some of the best friendships anyone could ever ask for with some of the people I worked with... and them, I surely will miss seeing every day.

This week, on my first week at home... well, I have been puked on (several times and I almost puke myself every time!) pooped on, peed on, spit on, drooled on, and slept on... I traded in my career for a new one and love every ounce of it... of her! Chayse is exhausting and rewarding all in one. It is odd... I am home all the time and still, I stay so busy!! I am up several times a night giving her back her paci, I have learned that I really can not sing a lick (she never complains-just laughs!) I try to pick up around the house when she naps, I am lucky if the laundry gets folded before it wrinkles... let alone put in a drawer... life is just so different and I would not trade it for a thing! Nathan has been great and is very supportive of me. He helps with so many things but as many of you know, he is taking classes again so he spends a lot of time studying, for which I am so proud of him. He has his days where he gets frustrated with school and I do my best to cheer him on. Why wouldn't I? He has been doing the same for me for 3 1/2 months with Chayse... he cheers me on when I am frustrated and he keeps me grounded. I am sure if you looked into a window of our house, there are times where you too would laugh... it gets to be kinda funny around here some days. Picture this because this really happens... I am making a made dash through the house to the shower with Chayse, she has puked and is covered in it, I am covered in it to the point it is in my hair, down my shirt and in my bra (YUCK) and here comes Nathan following me. He has on his face a grin that says "Man, I am glad that was you she did that to and not me"! He also has with him towel so he is ready to take her when I pass her out of the shower. Welcome to parenthood! Man, this is the stuff that dreams are made of and this is a dream that I hope I never wake from.

6 comments:

Betty said...

We're so happy for you, Nathan and Chayse. We tend to remember some of those "yucky" situations even after they are grown - like Chris throwing up when Bobby had him on his shoulders in the mall. I stood there looking at Chris covered in it, it was running down Bobby's head and clothes, he was taking his shirt off in the mall, and Melissa was standing there crying! But now it's funny - it wasn't then. Enjoy your family every day for the blessing it is and will continue to be.

Claudia said...

Congratulations!! I've just started my second year as a stay at home mom and sometimes it still takes moments to realize that I'm here!! Treasure it! You will never regret the fact that you will be there when Chayse when she rolls over, when she crawls, when she walks, all for the first time. Join a moms group or some other thing to get out of the house and have adult conversation. It's vital. Take time to go to the zoo or the museum. Even when Chayse is young; she will grow up with those fond memories. Don't be afraid to NOT be super mom. If the house isn't always perfect, don't worry; if you don't have a "good" mom day, don't worry. Just make tomorrow a little better.

Okay, advice column done. Hope it helps.

Doug Ashby said...

Hi remember me??? we met on etsy! Anyway i love the real life commentary you have. It brings back memories when my wife and I were foster parents. We had a 3 year old and a one year old. One night the boy, 3 year old, began throwing up. he had a stomach bug. We helped him cleaned him, loved him, all of it. Once he was set, I threw up! we repeated this back and forth the rest of the night! Despite all that I was happier than ever. Unfortunately ,my wifes health went down the tubes and we had to give up our dream of a family! It is tough what you are doing, but so worth it!

Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad you chose the best profession ever-motherhood! :) I am also glad you are blessed to be able to stay home with CHAYSE! :)

Renee said...
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Renee said...

Isn't it the best job you have ever had!? I still work some but only if I can take her with me. I am really glad you decided to stay home...you will never regret a second of it! SAHM's ROCK!!!