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Monday, January 9, 2012

Staying home. It's official!

I can finally write up a post about staying home. Last week was my first week and it was a tough one, but any week after a vacation week usually is.

I'm very lucky that where I work has an unpaid leave you can take to look after your kids. The longest you can take is 5 years and that's what I signed up for.

Early on in my mat leave we talked about the possibility of me staying home and what it would mean to live on one income. We decided to test it out and put all of my pay into savings. We definitely dipped into our savings over the year but only for things that we wouldn't normally buy and won't be buying again any time soon (can you say fancy car?)

Not only are we in a good situation, we are lucky that J makes enough money to support us and having a solid savings to start out is so fortunate. I know not everyone can afford to have one parent stay home.

It's definitely a change of pace. Often, when I'm lying around mid-morning, all of us still in pjs, I think about boring meetings and deadlines and conference calls and work drama. I'm so glad to be home. My bosses are my little ones and my commute is down the hall to their rooms. My work clothes are often sweat pants and a comfy shirt. Deadlines are non existent.

Mentally it's tough knowing I'm not making any money, but by staying home I'm helping us not spend as much. I'm savings us daycare costs for two kids which is huge. I'm looking forward to the time I get to spend with my kids.

I'm not going to do anything cheesy like putting "CEO of the household" on my resume, but I am going to enjoy my time with my kids and try and make the best of it.


  1. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I WISH my mother had taken the same decision you have. She worked for the same employer and had the same option but didn't take it. I know how much I would have appreciated her being around more when I was young ... I'm sure your little ones will appreciate it when they look back someday.

  2. Congratulations! That's awesome that you have a 5 year leave option, that's banana-pants! Must feel great to have that settled.

  3. What an awesome opportunity! I often feel like I'm not contributing...but then I think of the $2000 a month I'm saving us in childcare (2 full time and one part time) and that I'm able to keep on top of the household chores and meal planning etc. I'm sure you, J and the kids will all appreciate it in the long run!

  4. Yay! So amazing you have this option and I bet the time will fly by - enjoy it!