Becoming a stay at home mom is no easy task.

I went from working six, 10-hour days a week to being a stay at home mom. I loved my job as a manager of a restaurant. Having that job for years I was constantly busy and was used to that lifestyle. However, due to the start of the COVID pandemic, and being four months pregnant, I was unexpectedly laid off. I did not expect the transition to be as difficult as it was.

At first, it was okay. I was pregnant. I was tired and due to medical conditions, I had doctor appointments twice a week for my second and third trimester. So not having to reschedule or miss out on work to make these appointments was a positive thing. I was able to sleep whenever I wanted (which being pregnant was awesome!). My fiance worked harder than ever to make up for the lack of income. I thought once I had the baby, I would return to work. 

Once our bundle of joy came, we made the decision that I would stay at home with the baby for at least a year. It has been five months of being a full-time stay at home mom. It is the hardest, most rewarding job I have ever had.

All you might hear is how great being a stay at home mom is. Well, if I am being honest, I still have a hard time. Selfish is how I feel writing that. But the transition from working full-time to being at home with a baby is difficult. Being in a pandemic does not help at all.

Honestly, I am tired and that is okay. Being tired was something I was not expecting because I was constantly on the go while working.  I am still surprised at the never-ending tasks of being a mother and taking care of a household. Cleaning, cooking, getting pooped on and the always shocking throw up are just the beginning of all of my days. Every night is always a tale of unexpected events with a newborn.

To each and every mom (and dad) whether you work or solely stay at home with the kids, you rock! We do not get the credit we deserve (especially from our kids). This “job” is never-ending but is amazing and rewarding! I was never expecting to be a stay at home mom. Even though I can tell you a bunch of reasons why I am tired, this is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I feel blessed to be a stay at home mom.