Monday, June 22, 2009

It's Day One of My New Job!

Whew - I've almost survived day 1 of my new less glamorous, payless, thankless, but amazing job. I'm now a Stay At Home Mom! It's a long story how I got here but suffice to say that my long hours, stressful, high paying job (that part I will dearly miss) was a bit too much for my prego body to handle while trying to take care of a wild 10 month old who is walking rather well and a husband, two insane dogs, and oh yeah if I have time - myself!

I had preeclampsia for about the last two months of my last pregnancy and at my 10 week prenatal check-up my blood pressure was already high. So, Doc said to back off of the stress or else I'm going to end up putting myself on full bed rest early. Well, I certainly don't want that and most of all, I don't want to harm the baby. So, after a lot of discussion, DH and I decided that I should stay at home with DD at least for the rest of this pregnancy. I've been slowly backing off of my hours at the office and transitioning my case load to others for the past couple of weeks. I already feel so much better and my blood pressure went down 20 points! It's amazing what a little less stress can do for you!

Anyway, I'm really happy about this decision and I think that it will be great for our family. It's going to be really tight financially and we're going to have to make some major lifestyle adjustments. But, we can make it work. I told my Husband to remember how broke we were back in the grad school/early marriage days when we lived on ramen noodles and peanut butter and jelly. We survived that and no matter what, God has always taken care of us. I know that this change will be no different!

I have lots of chores to keep me busy for the next couple of weeks or so. Housework is a slow process when you're supposed to not be pushing yourself too hard and chasing a 10 month old around the house at the same time. But, once I get caught up on the housework I think that I'm going to try my hand at starting an online business. I have lots of ideas that I've toyed around with over the years but I've always been too busy with my day job to do anything about it. So, I figure that this is my chance! I'm going for it before baby #2 gets here in December b/c I have a feeling that I won't be doing much of anything other than taking care of babies at that point.

Y'all I'm seriously concerned about having two kids so close together! I know that this was part of God's plan and that He only gives me what I can handle (with His help of course!). But, seriously, DD and baby #2 will only be 16 months apart. The reality of the situation is starting to hit me and I'm thinking that I must have lost my mind! LOL. But, I'm not the first Momma to have two little ones in diapers and I won't be the last. Right?

So, that's what's going on with me right now. I think that's quite enough thank you very much. Everything is looking great with the pregnancy and baby #2 is measuring right on schedule with a strong heartbeat. I'm very thankful. Now, if I can just keep my blood pressure, swelling (ugh FL summer!!!), and stress under check then hopefully everything will continue to be great.

Have a blessed week friends!


  1. Yay! Congratulations, Michelle! You will love staying at home. Of course it is still tons of work and lots of stress, but you will be glad you did it. I will keep you in my prayers and ask for a healthy pregnancy for you with this little one.

    How far along are you now? I can't remember. When do you find out the sex?

  2. I've missed so much on my hiatus! I am so happy for you -- congrats on the pregnancy. I know it seems hard, but you'll do great! PS --for the shoes. . .what about one of those benches with storage inside? Do you know what I'm talking about?