8 Pros and Cons of Being a Stay at Home Mom


Being a Stay at Home Mom can have it's ups or downs. But, honestly I do not think I would have it any other way then to being there 24/7 with my kids. This is the lifestyle style that I choose, which worked best for my husband and I. Sometimes they can bring the monster out of you, and most of the time it's pure joy. I share 8 Pros and Cons of Being a Stay at Home Mom below.


Pros:


1. No More Paying for Expensive Daycare. Anyone who has a child knows how expensive it can be for the cost of daycare, especially if you have multiple children's.

2. You have the chance to witness all the first milestones: Their first, smile, sit, word, step, etc. This is the most precious reward for being SAHM!

3. You control the disciplining. Because you are staying home you can be consistent (most times) and know how your children are acting and discipline accordingly, the way you want them to be disciplined.

4. You have time (after getting the hang of things) to manage the house, cooking, cleaning, time with each child, time to run the household. Once you get all that down pack, expand further. Add in exercise, family outings and play-dates. Expand again to help with the family income and start bringing in some extra money to help support the family.

5. You get to educate and raise your child as you wish.

6. Being a SAHM reduces the stress of thinking about how your child is being taken care of.

She is still Not Sleeping through the Night

It's been over a year since Jemimah has been born and she still hasn't slept through the night. She will wake up at least once, if not twice through the night crying out loud, and will not stop until we pick her up and rock her back to sleep. There are times she will sleep through the night and wake up about 5am until she's back to sleep again. I know alot will say, "Oh just let her cry it out, and she will go back to sleep".. I know she is now a year old and should be sleeping through the night, but she is not and we let her cry it out, and it just does not seem to work. During these seemingly endless nights I feel like this has been going on for ages and I will never again be able to get a good night's sleep.
I wake up after these sporadic, inadequate, restless nights and feel grumpy, irritable, and short-fused. But then when I walk over to pick her up, she snugs up against me (the sweetest thing) and falls right back to sleep.

She was 6 Months here.

I know this will not last for too long. She did started teething later then usual, at 11.5 months. Unlike my son he started when he was about 6 months, and had a full set of teeth by the time he was a year old. She currently has 2 teeth and is teething, but I do not think this is why she is not fully sleeping through the night. I am reading some articles and getting suggestions from other moms to see what works out for us.

Welcome to Motherhood

It's been a little over a year since I became a SAHM (stay at home mom) to my 2 beautiful children, Michael who is currently 3.5 years old and my daughter, Jemimah now 1 years old. I knew that I always wanted to be a SAHM when I started having kids, but never really thought that it would happen until I had my daughter. Both my husband and I agree since day one that we did not want our kids to be in daycare, we do not have anything against it but this was just our decision. I wasn't surprised with myself when I felt the strong dreading feeling of returning to work after each child. About a three months after  Michael was born I returned to work. It was hard though, and I felt I was missing out. After Jeremiah was born I was finally able to stay at home. So here I am, an official SAHM!

Some days are absolutely horrible and I feel like the world's worst mother. Other days I feel like "I got this" and my kids are happy and they love me! Those are the best days, the ones I live for.
Overall being a SAHM is everything I always dreamed of! I don't have the stresses of work, of being ordered around and having to always answer to someone. Not to mention the overwhelming JOY I feel from having the two most precious souls in my life leading me through my days.

I can't wait to share and document our journey, and experiences...the happy, funny times and also the trying and difficult times. I've got my seat belt buckled. The journey has begun for us a year ago, and I'm still loving it! Welcome to Motherhood.