the baloney bug

Today marks a significant day in my life, both personal and professional.  After nearly four years of working for a company I love, along side some of the best people I’ve met, I will hand in my badge.

Jon and I have decided that what’s best for our family, right now, is for me to stay at home with Adelaide.

While I was pregnant and during my maternity leave, we struggled with deciding if I should go back to work.  We ultimately decided that I would give it a shot and see how it went.  It’s been almost a year since I returned, and it’s going fine.  I like working.  I like talking to adults and eating lunch with both hands.

But as Adelaide gets older, I realize just how much of her day to day I’m missing.  Not to mention, by the time I get home from work she’s tired and fussy, I’m tired and fussy.  I was getting the worst parts of her day without getting any of the good parts.

I always felt like I was running out the door at home to get to work, and running out the door at work to get back home.  I never felt fully in one place or the other.

So Jon and I talked about it.  And talked some more.  We discussed how it would affect our finances and lifestyle.  And ultimately we decided that the benefits of me staying home with Adelaide outweighed the benefits of me working.

I’m nervous.  I’m really nervous, actually.

Nervous about being lonely until I get in a groove and meet mom friends, about finding things for us to do all day, every day. About the cold days and the rainy days.

But I’m also excited.  So excited.

So here’s to the good and the unexpected and to making changes that scare us.  Happy Friday, friends.


  1. Merridith says:

    You are brave and you’re gonna do great!

  2. I’m a mom friend who isn’t too far away! 🙂 You’re going to rock this.

  3. Debbie Ball says:

    You will embrace this challenge like a champ! I’m sure today will be a tough one … but just remember … you are not far from work & can pop in & share lunches with them! Or bake them cake pops & surprise them. Such adventures you have awaiting you!! Not to mention maybe Jon taking you all with him on his travels at times!! YOU GO GIRL! Love & Hugs!

    PS — Glad you have Adelaide with you today to share the day at work – sure there will be sad & happy tears!! Just remember – this is not an end but a beginning of another beautiful chapter for you!

  4. Today is your day.
    You’re off to Great Places!
    You’re off and away!
    (I could have posted the entire Oh The Places You’ll Go but I’ll spare you!)

    Love, First Mom Friend

  5. Carol Gilbert says:

    Your next chapter begins now and I know you will write a beautiful book. Adelaide is at a wonderful age to build great memories and guide her into a new world of adventure. You will be great.
    Love you

  6. Congrats on taking this big step! I hope it brings your more of what you felt like you’ve been missing!

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