I never imagined myself as a "stay at home mom" but with recent circumstances and a sudden move right after Ella Jaye was born, I find myself doing just that... With Caroline, I went back to work a few days before she turned three months old. I was thankful for the opportunity to start a new job and throw myself into crushing it at work AND being a present mother after hours.
I was surprised at how hard it was for me physically and emotionally but was proud of my work life success. Like most working moms, I felt a void only spending a few hours a day with my beautiful baby girl.
Time passed, and the working mom mode became second nature and even empowering, my career excelled, and Caroline was thriving. I was blessed to have a flexible work environment and an understanding boss who allowed me to "lean in" and be present as a mother.
Shortly after Ella Jaye was born, we moved our family to Woodstock, GA (just north of Atlanta) to pursue an excellent career opportunity for my husband.
I was torn.
I skyrocketed to success, starting as a Manager and within just three years was sitting on the Executive Management Team as a Senior Vice President running the Marketing and Development departments.
Loving my job (killing it) AND had achieved a fantastic work-life balance. Every working families dream! Ultimately, making a move for my husbands new opportunity made the most sense...
So here I am, home with both girls and only working a few PRN hours a week to finish off projects I had started before I left Florida.
I am torn because I never imagined enjoying being home as much as I am. Our new neighborhood is AMAZING, and I am keeping busy with new friends, old friends, and all the family I have nearby.
The thought of leaving my baby is hard. I imagined it would be easy since I did this before but for some reason, it is way harder with Ella Jaye.
I will do my best to blog about my new, stay at home mom /job hunting status as I find the time!
Did I mention it is exhausting? I feel like I have not had a single minute to myself since Ella was born.
Working on figuring out my next move but for now, I am living up the mom life and taking in all the baby smells :)