I'm sure like many mums to be I signed up to lots of baby clubs when I was pregnant. Cow and gate, Mothercare, Asda to name a few. I love getting the letters each month or so with information on what sort of Paige should be doing, tips, recipes and money off vouchers.
But lately all the ones I am getting are about returning back to work. Which is fair enough if you are returning to back after maternity leave but what if you aren't? What if you plan on being a stay at home mum?
I'm going to be a full time mum to Paige for as long as I can. I want to spend everyday with her and watch her grow. I want to teach her things and play and learn together.
I understand that many people simply can't afford and I am very lucky that we can but we pay the price. For example we don't have a car.
Marks earns an ok wage and with that we can pay all the bills and get everything Paige needs. We manage just fine and if we want/need something we save up for it.
I have looked into getting a part time job for when Paige is around 1 but I'm not sure it's worth it.... after childcare is paid for do I really want to spend time away from Paige for the sake of an extra £50 a week??
Me and mark always agreed that I would stay home with Paige and I am very happy to do so. A lot of people don't think of staying at home as a real job but I do. I'm on call 24 hours a day, I cook, clean and run around after a baby. I don't get proper breaks because even when baby is sleeping I'm always doing something or thinking of the next game we can play to keep her entertained, happy and learning. To me it's the hardest job around but all the payment I need is received in smiles from my little girl. I may moan to Mark about what a rough day I've had thanks to teething or a grumpy baby but I wouldn't change my job for the world and I know many women would love to be in my situation.
If your one of them people that don't think being a stay at home mum isn't a job why not try it one day and see how you feel after!
Thanks for reading,