After listening to you for years, I decided to stop being selfish with my life and my choices. I was a single mom, and I did everything I could to make sure I was with my baby from the day he was born. I found ways to support us where I could stay home or take him along. I cared for pets while clients went on vacation, I sold crafts from my home and did vendor shows while he was in a baby carrier on my back or in a playpen next to me. I then studied to get my license to sell insurance, which I could do from home. I made just enough to keep him with me and out of daycare. Many people said “Why not just put him in daycare and go to work? You’re killing yourself just to stay home!” I just smiled and said “Oh, it’s worth it. I don’t want to miss anything.”
And I haven’t missed a thing. I was there for his first smile, his first tiny giggle, his first word, his first taste of food, his first crawl, his first step – I was there for it all. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if some random stranger got to experience those moments with my child.
Being a stay-at-home mom is the hardest job I’ve ever had, but it is the best and most important thing I’ve ever done, or ever will do, in my life. A few nights ago, my son kept wrapping my arm tightly around him, and asked me to keep it there. When I asked why, he said “Because you keep me safe, mama. I love you.” My son understands that his mama is always there for him.
My Son Knows His Mama Is Always There
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