Last Friday I officially signed all the paperwork, turned in my ID, and became a stay-at-home mama. Granted, I've been home since giving birth in June, but I didn't realize I'd been holding on to a bit of stress over the whole thing. Stress about not leaving my work the way I would have had the baby not come early. Stress about things at the office not transitioning smoothly (for multiple reasons, not just my abrupt absence). Stress about not officially being off the books, and knowing that it impacted getting a replacement in the door. A lot of random things really that I didn't need to think about.
Now that I'm officially a SAHM, I can say it is the actual hardest job I have ever had. It was so easy to only worry about clocking 8 hours a day, then getting to go home and not think about work until the next day. But now? I'm on duty full-time! Even when my husband is here, I'm still never truly "off." I definitely did not anticipate how exhausting/challenging it would be. Despite that, I'm still so grateful that I can be home, because I know that many parents don't have that option.
Plus? My little bug is the cutest. I know I'm biased, but she really is! ;)
(P.S. And in case you think I'm only having fun, my new best friends are GRE study books. Must get back into school mode!)