As many of you know, my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Eleanor, into the world this past March.
Flash back about a year ago to our annual goal setting/planning with The Paxton Group, and you would see my greatest fear written on a sheet of paper; wanting to be a stay at home mom. I was terrified that I wouldn’t want to come to work everyday. I got as much advise as I could from both working and stay at home moms. They all told me the same thing “You’ll know.”
Well I did know. Eleanor was three months old when I sat down with Todd to tell him my heart was with her, and that I couldn’t happily work at the office everyday. I missed her. A lot.
We had a great conversation with many tears, and agreed to wait until the first of September. I would help get us through the ‘busy season’ and Todd would try and figure out if an employee that works from home would be an option.
Three months flew by, and before I knew it, it was my last week at the office full time. The realization that I was going to finally be with her was bittersweet. I hadn’t known anything other than working with these amazing people everyday. They are my family. I see them more than I see my own husband. However, I was finally getting to spend more than 4 hours a day with my daughter!
On September 5th, we celebrated two things. Eleanor turned 6 months old, and I started working from home Monday-Thursday! (I still go into the office for a full day on Fridays, to see everyone and get some things done I can’t do from home)
The past two weeks have been fantastic as Eleanor and I learn each other’s schedules. I work about 6 hours a day, get to cuddle her when I’m clocked out, and actually have the time and energy to make sure dinner is ready for David when he gets home from a long day. I know I wouldn’t be in this wonderful situation without the trust of Todd and our entire team, and I am so lucky to have them in my life.
Unlike the old proverb; I can have my cake and eat it too. 😉