built. I need to go back just about two years to 2011 when my daughter was born
and I learned what being a stay at home mommy really meant for me...
I have always been driven, and that drive had led me to a successful career
in banking since my early twenties. My husband and I had been married for
two years when we started planning to have a baby. Because of my crazy
working hours and long commute time, I realized our childcare options were
going to be limited. Daycare was the option I settled on in order to still
be independent, move up in the company, take care of my child, the house AND
be The Supermom!
Nine months later looking into the blue eyes of my 6 lb. 1 oz. baby girl I realized
there was no way I could go back. I had to be with her. My supportive hubby
agreed and my dream of staying at home, cuddling my baby, making delicious
dinners, keeping the house clean and going on walks was going to become a
reality! And that reality came crashing down all around me about three weeks in.
My Hubby was able to take two weeks of paternity leave, which helped, but
then he escaped and went back to work. I was left with a newborn baby I knew nothing
about . My little girl had colic and "cuddling her" took on new meaning, as in;
all the time, non-stop, when she slept and when she was awake. Making dinner
consisted of anything in a box or bag. The only thing that was kept clean was
my daughters’ diaper. Going on walks was impossible (refer back three
sentences ago). I was all by myself with a screaming baby. I didn't have any
mommy friends to go to because I hadn't yet connected to any local moms. My
family lived across the United States, all of them, so it was me...and my hubby
who helped whenever he could.
My activities were pretty limited by having to hold Sophia day in and day out
(and there’s only so much tv you can watch) I began to surf the internet and
I came across a little website called Pinterest...I started pinning and didn't stop!
After a few weeks I was inspired to try and re-create some of the things I was
looking at. I started by making little headbands for Sophia. I could use my boppy
to keep her close and I could craft at the same time. At the beginning my
headbands were a little....rough to say the least, but over time they got to be pretty
good, if I do say so myself. I began to find new activities and things to do not just
for the new Mommy I had become, but for me as a person.
There have been many ups and downs over the last two years which included at times
lots of crying, endless diapers, new found creativity, crafting, and yoga pants.
But throughout it all I can say I have learned to embrace the yoga pants, and keep
my identity in the process!
Welcome to My Little Nest.