Staying home was something I decided close to the end of my pregnancy with Lilah. There was a big part of me that was torn about quitting my job. Being a hairstylist, it’s just not that easy to take off a few years and then start back up again. A lot happens in the hair industry in just one year, clients move on, and well you are basically starting from scratch if you quit and then go back.
I can still vividly remember sitting on our back patio one night discussing and weighing out our options. Andy and I both were not working a typical 9-5 job. There were days where we literally only saw each other for a couple of hours when we were sleeping. It was crazy and now looking back I’m not sure how in the world we could have ever managed that with a baby in the mix! The more we thought about it, something had to give and that meant me taking a step back from work to take care of our new baby.
Now without a doubt I know we made the best decision for us. I love that the girls and I are always here to greet Daddy with a kiss or sending him out with a freshly hot meal for work. It’s pretty old school livin’ over here. While some women might feel degraded by not bringing home an income, I actually feel the opposite.
I might not be able to help buy diapers, but I’m able to give Andy the peace of mind that both his girls are safe and that everyday I am instilling our own values in them. Not saying there isn’t childcare programs that provide this same security. If I was working you better believe I’d find one that was on the same page as me!