#TTMT 9 Transitioning To a SAHM!

by Healthy Diva on January 28, 2014

Hello friends!

I have a really good topic my friend Natasha asked me to blog about for this weeks #TTMT!

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Natasha is a soon to be mom, and a soon to be SAHM as well. She will be leaving her job to stay at home with her little bundle of joy, which is truly a blessing. I know I am very grateful I can a SAHM, but I also have my days where I get stir crazy, or miss talking to “humans” instead of baby talk all day. Haha.

So, Natasha would love to have any tips/advice on staying sane as a SAHM, how to make the transition easier, and how to handle people giving crap to moms who do decide to be a SAHM!

Since I have been a SAHM for a while now, I only have a little bit of advice to give her, and hoping newly SAHM’s can help out in the comments!

My Tips….

  • First, know how rewarding it is that you can have this opportunity to be a SAHM and be with your little one full time.
  • Join a mommy group! Mommy groups are a great way to connect with other moms, moms that are SAHM too, and a way to get out!
  • It can be a long day with a baby, make sure if you have help from a significant other, family , or friend to take it! I know when Mike gets home it’s nice for me to have a little break, just to get a shower or a workout in!
  • Don’t let negativity bother you, people do bash SAHM’s but it is a damn hard job, not a piece of cake! Being  a mom is the hardest job in the world, SAHM or not!

So those are just a couple tips I have for Natasha! If anyone else has any advice, tips, or support for her, please leave them in a comment!

Congrats Natasha, so soon your little baby girl will be here! Will be one of the most beautiful days of your life!

See you guys tomorrow!

Katie xo

**If you would like to submit a topic/question for #TTMT, please email me at healthydivaeats@hotmail.com.

 

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1 Natasha January 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Thanks for the post and tips, katie! Very helpful! I can’t wait to see what other tips and advice people have. Thanks again!

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2 lauren January 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Great topic! After an awesome maternity leave, I’m back at work but at home with my almost 4 month old 2 days during the week. For me, the days that I am home with my son are more physically and mentally exhausting than the days I am at work– staying at home truly is a full-time job, and a hard one at that. One piece of advice, in line with Katie’s tips, would be never to lose sight of that and never to let others make you feel as if you aren’t working. In terms of tips, taking the baby to mommy and me classes or meetups really helped me during leave, and continue to do so on the days that I am home. For example, I started mommy and me yoga (baby can sleep or sit in his carseat or on a mat while mom does yoga– such an awesome concept) and music class before my son was a month old. Yes, he slept during every class until pretty recently, but getting out of the house and meeting other moms with young children was key for me and helped break up what sometimes were long and exhausting weeks. Second, go easy on yourself and lower some of your expectations. Before I had my son, I could work a full week, clean the house from top to bottom, run all of our errands and cook dinner for my husband every night. After baby, there were some days I was lucky to get a shower. Take some pressure off of yourself, especially during the first few months– the house does not have to be spotless and dinner need not be cooked every night– and rest assured that you will reach a normal, albeit a new normal than what you were used to pre-baby. Last, cherish the time you have with your daughter and the fact that you are able to stay home full-time. I still struggle with my decision to go back to work (I love my son to pieces, but also enjoy my career and am not yet ready to give it up [a baby #2 could change that, however...]) and know a lot of other women who do– in the end, you do what works best for you, your child and your family. Good luck with the rest of pregnancy and an early congratulations!

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3 Amber @ Mommy's Me Time January 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Great topic! I have three kids under three and just wrote about my experience a couple weeks ago! Being a SAHM is the BEST job in the world, but just like any other career change, you need to give yourself time to transition into loving it! Here’s the link to my post: http://www.mommysmetime.com/finding-contentment-as-a-stay-at-home-mom/

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4 Rachel January 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

I’ve been a SAHM for only 7 months. I do work 2 days a week but still consider myself a stay at home mom. My advice would be to join groups and leave the house everyday! That’s the key to our sanity! We do story times, baby yoga, mommy bootcamp, and go to the park and out to lunches. My baby loves being out and about and we enjoy our days!!!

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5 Abby January 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Get dressed everyday! Even if it’s just changing from pajamas to yoga pants, it makes a huge difference in how productive I am or at least how productive I feel, ha!

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6 Barbie Rozanc Vargo January 28, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Natasha, being a stay at home Mom is one of the greatest investments you can give to your child! It is not for everyone but if you can be a positive influence to your child to impact them the first five years of there life good for you ! They grow fast and every amount of time you can be with your child to instill your values is worth more than you could ever do to change the world! Going to Mom support groups I do suggest where you can get out around other Moms and share frustrations and ideas ! God bless and have a great and exciting welcome to your Baby girl soon ! You and your Family!
The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world! My grandmothers always would say! Love Mrs. Vargo I was a stay at home Mom and have no regrets I would do it again! Now I am as a Nana and Nanny , no greater joy than investing in a child !

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7 Danielle January 29, 2014 at 4:23 am

1. If you have friends who do not accept your lifestyle, limit your exposure to them. Don’t burn your bridges, but don’t allow them to negatively influence your life. Honestly, your true friends will support your decisions.
2. Don’t compare your life to anyone else’s, even other SAHM’s. Like another gal stated, cut yourself some slack and lower your standards in the beginning. What a difference that would’ve been had I gotten that advice beforehand!
3. Understand that you are not perfect, but no matter what, you will always be perfect in your child’s eyes. And that is all that matters!
4. Don’t forget to eat! You don’t want to become hangry! If mom ain’t happy, then ain’t nobody happy!
5. Count your blessings every day, even the not so good ones. You will have bad days, but there is good in all the bad.
6. Keep up with this blog! Katie is such an inspirational and motivational person. Gives me faith in humanity in times when I question it.

ENJOY THAT BABY!!!

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8 Jenn @ Mark My Mile! January 29, 2014 at 7:42 am

I can relate to all these tips. Yet, I am not a SAHM at the time, I am considering being one. I have put my letter of resignation in to my employer and searching for employment but in the back of my mind, I cannot help but wonder if my “job” is right under my nose…

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