I love being home with Garrett. Before he was born I worked customer service/tech support jobs and while I liked what I did I most often spent my day getting screamed at by people who didn't understand and didn't want to calm down enough to let me explain anything to them.
While being with Garrett all day can be frazzling sometimes I also find it very rewards. After he cries he wants a hug, he never asks to speak to my supervisor and he has yet to call me a bitch because his Valium was not covered by Medicare.
And it is work, I don't stop. Garrett is non stop all day. Add laundry (ours, Garrett's and diapers), dishes, cleaning, making the bed, walking the dog, crafting projects and cooking and I'm not left with much time. At least when I worked "full time" (because we all know parenting is a part time job /sarcasm) I had time to shower and do my hair and makeup every morning. I had personal time for knitting, crafting, going out with Ben, hanging out with friends and even time to go shopping for myself without being rushed.
It's a little frustrating that so many people in the world don't think being a mom is "work". I know I don't get paid. The benefits are very different from what I would get from a "recognized" job. As I was typing that last line Garrett decided to show me some of the amazing benefits I get at my "job"
|Kisses without getting in trouble with HR|
Anyone who thinks being a stay at home parent isn't a job/career is wrong. I work just as other people do, I just get different pros and cons. Work is work and the pay isn't always monetary but the bonuses and rewards are just as sweet to me.