10 April 2014

Underpaid, long hours, challenged, exhausted and it's my dream job!

For as long as I can remember I've known that I wanted to have children. Obviously with my melanoma diagnosis, I had to question whether or not this would be a possibility. Life without kids? I had never pictured that for myself. Many young girls and women dream of their wedding day; I dreamt of meeting my child for the first time. I also knew that I wanted either myself or my husband to "stay home" with our children if finances allowed it. It didn't have to be me, if it was something my future husband wanted to do, great! 
Fast forward to Kyle (who when I first met him declared that he never wanted to get married and certainly didn't want children...but that's a story for another day) :: Kyle and I both grew up with mothers who chose to stay home. We both agreed that this was so valuable and a special part of our upbringing. 
Obviously Kyle is in the Army, so the staying home with the kids job is mine. I've had a job since I was 14. I worked full time during most of college and even worked a bit during chemo. I enjoy working and I would be lying if I said there weren't times during my pregnancy that I doubted whether or not I could "handle" not going to a job everyday. Historically, my anxiety was at it's worst when I was at home. 
Then Mallory arrived...
Without getting too sappy and getting tears all over my keyboard...I can't imagine not working THIS job. I get to be there for all of her "firsts". I make sure she has a safe and comfortable home. I know her better than anyone. I'm who comforts her and consoles her. I teach her and help her grow. I nourish her and care for her. I'm her mom and this is MY job
Remember how I said I wished people would just worry about themselves. I certainly am not trying to start the stay at home mom vs. working mom debate. Everyone chooses what is best for their family hopefully, and as long as the child is loved and cared for I. DONT. CARE. whether someone works outside of the home or not. 
All I'm saying is that I have truly found my dream job and I've never been happier. :)
Are you working your dream job? What is it?!

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