When our new baby started crying, my husband, who works from home, picked him up and said “I’d like to spend some time with him, so do whatever you wish to do!” When I asked if he was too busy with work, he said “I want to hang with my buddy for a while. Work can wait.” Our son stopped crying and happily took in the change of scenery being with his father. How lucky we are, I thought, that my husband rearranged his day to spend some extra time with our child.
When I got pregnant, I planned to continue to work one or two days a week, but I tearfully realized I couldn’t do that to our baby. My husband agreed, and we planned for the financial adjustments we’d have to make. My son is now six weeks old, and in the state where I live, that’s the week women are supposed to return to work. Our decision for me to stay home with him was an easy one to make.
During this time, the relationship with my husband has grown stronger. I’ve loved every second of motherhood so far, and I’ve even begun to learn what our son’s cries mean. One time, when I picked him up, he stopped crying, snuggled into my chest and went to sleep. That’s when I understood WHY you so forcefully stand against mothers going back to work. No one else could ever give my child the relief of just holding him. Thank you for standing up for protecting children and the importance of stay-at-home moms. And thanks for never backing down to a single caller, ever. I understand why now.
I’m Loving Every Second of Motherhood
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