I think I can actually say that I represent the new and improved stay at home mom. I am part of the growing group of young mothers with a good education, mountains of debt, and an intense love for being a wife, mother and homemaker. Even with the occasional fussiness there is nothing that can beat the giggles of a ticklish snugglebug who can be chewing on your pocketbook stap one minute and jumping joyfully the next.
I did not got to college to get my Mrs. Degree as has been historically the case for many women. Instead I threw myself into a rigorous course of education with the intention of becoming a medical doctor. I studied, worked, lived in the science building and dated a terrific guy along the way, but I made it and got my BS in Biological Sciences. A few months later I was married to that terrific guy and we were headed northward to continue to educate ourselves further in preparation for careers.
Again I studied, worked, lived on the train and was married to a terrific guy along the way and achieved my Masters in Public Health concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. God gave me a vision for what my dream job would be: working as a part time certified nurse midwife with maybe one or two births scheduled a month, volunteering at the local crisis pregnancy center and mothering and teaching my own children.
Then before I could get started using either of my degrees in a career type setting, the Lord blessed me and my terrific huband with a new surprise about four months after I graduated, and we decided to move back southward where the living was at least cheaper. Fruitlessly, I searched for employment during my entire pregnancy and we decided to let me go ahead and take a CNA class at eight months so that I could at least pursue the only type of work that seemed to be hiring in the newspaper.
Then came my much awaited M.O.M. degree matriculation in February. I had studied, practiced relaxation techniques, lived in the bathroom (bladder not nausea) and thanked God for my wonderfully supportive terrific huband and on the 16th we were blessed with a little DVD.
Six months later, we are in a new/old home. My terrific huband is working hard as a temp desiring to serve God and support his family. I am homemaking, looking for employment, practicing patience, and taking care of my bouncing baby bug. And David, well, he’s just growing and learning and sticking everything in his mouth that he can. I feel truly blessed to be where I am and to have the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. I still have debt obligations and wish to be in my own home, but I am not going to denigrate the rich blessing of watching my baby grow up and be awed with his world. I may be tired, but I will never tire of being a M.O.M. And, ironically, it was one of my cheaper degrees, but in no way is cheap.
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You are truly blessed…I know the last few months haven’t been easy for your family, but your positive take on life and the Lord will get you through it. Enjoy the bug! He’s certainly a cutie!