So what do you do when you realize you fell into the trap of thinking you knew everything? If you are me, you cry a little, do a Bible study on the word "humble" & all its derivatives, & try not to fall into the second trap. Which I did.
The tagline of my blog is "the beautiful dichotomy of a classic-minded millennial mom." This was the easiest way I could describe my life to you in one sentence. The Beautiful Dichotomy is what I call the internal struggle (the Mom Guilt?) of balancing home life & work. None of us just do one thing - even if you are a stay-at-home-mom or a full-time-working-mom with a nanny. We all live in our own dichotomy. Sometimes we forget to call it beautiful, but if we work where we are called & we love where we are placed, then it is just that - Beautiful.
Who better to teach us about the Creator of the universe than a newborn baby? There is no one better because there is no one more pure, completely untouched by the cares or dirt of the world. I think a child is the closest thing to an angel that we will behold until we stand with Jesus in heaven.
They are given to us on handouts from the pediatrician. They are documented on every mother's news feed. They are somewhat ambiguous, yet constantly in the back of all of our minds as our little ones grow. They are developmental milestones.
I didn't even know people cloth diapered their babies anymore until one of our moms brought their toddler to the clinic with the cutest little bum I've ever seen! I stared wide-eyed as she explained what a cloth diaper was & how much she loved doing it. Through my plastered smile, I nicely explained that it felt like a little too much for me to consider as a new mom; some things are just easier to pay for & throw away right? Then J & I sat down to look at the ever-thinning margin in our budget after a move, new house, student loans, impending child & lessening income. I realized I had to become that Home Economist Dave Ramsey talked about, so I got creative. One of the more ambitious endeavors (& the most difficult to talk my husband into) was cloth diapering...
It's easy for me to pass along my own positioning advice as my son & I sit at home by ourselves in a nice quiet house, free of other humans & animals. So for this question, I asked essentially everyone I knew, in person & on Facebook. Here's what I found...
I write this post more from the perspective of a daughter than a momma. I write this post in honor of the end of my maternity leave. I'm only going back two days a week, but it's still a big deal for me! My work situation is unique - I actually work for my mom!... Continue Reading →