I adore my days at home with my son. I love nursing him, watching him learn and grow, and soaking up every smile and laugh. However, I am learning to appreciate the blessings that come with being a working Mom. I remember dreaming of the days when I would be happily married with a comfortable home, a beautiful baby, and working as a nurse in the NICU. In countless ways I am already living my "dream life." Whenever discontentment tries to sneak in, I refer to this list of blessings I enjoy as a working Mom.
1. I don't take time with my son for granted.
I am very intentional about time with Noah because I know that it is precious. I spend little time on my phone on our days together try to be fully present with him. I see so many parents in the NICU who would give anything for a healthy baby like Noah. I watch parents celebrate when their baby poops or cries for the first time (things that can sometimes seem like burdens). I also see parents go through heartbreak and loss. Many days I come home and hold Noah a little tighter because of the perspective I gain from working.
2. I have interactions with other adults.
This is something that I know many stay at home Moms miss day to day. I enjoy being part of a team and I am thankful for wonderful coworkers. I also appreciate that I do not have to make a special effort to interact with other adults on a regular basis.
3. I am putting my education and work experience to use.
I worked very hard to become a nurse and to train in the NICU. I enjoy challenging myself at work and using that part of my brain. Another benefit is that I am staying current with my nursing license and education requirements.
4. I am contributing financially to our family.
There are things that I want to provide Noah that would not be possible if I wasn't a working Mom. I appreciate being able able to have him in a good school system for instance. I also enjoy eating healthy foods, traveling, and having memberships to local attractions while still being financially responsible.
5. My husband has a more prominent role in my son's life.
David and I worked diligently while I was on maternity leave to get him comfortable taking care of Noah. He practiced getting Noah dressed, giving him a bottle, and laying him down for bed. A huge motivator was knowing David would be Noah's primary caregiver on my work weekend. I love seeing how close they are and how capable David is as a father.
This list might seem simple, but it has made such a difference in my outlook on working!