In December 2009, my second daughter, or my "Liberator," as I call her, was born and I did not go back to my job. Shortly before she was born, I managed to secure part-time, work-from-home work that was flexible enough and paid enough to cover the small amount of bills that I'd need to cover now that I would stay home with my daughters. Trying to get anything accomplished while home with two children under the age of four is quite a juggling act, but not nearly as crazy as trying to work full-time in a male-dominated field that frequently demands overtime while being the mother of one or two small children.
Becoming a stay-at-home mom was something I deeply desired from the moment my first daughter was born, and I love it. It did take some adjusting at first. I was sort of horrified when I realized that there are no 15-minute breaks and no lunch hour, it's all-day, non-stop intensity! I also found myself missing my friends from work and fighting loneliness. However, as the months progressed, I figured it out and now have a pretty good system down. I work way harder as a stay-at-home mom than I ever did at a full-time job, but it's the best work I've ever done and I'm so happy! I haven't figured everything out yet, though, and I'll really enjoy blogging about the trials and tribulations, both funny and frustrating, of being a full-time mom while working part-time from home!