Karla: I took a few years off work. The hardest part of staying home was missing my job. I am a fitness professional and I desperately missed working with clients and teaching classes. I am very lucky that I I am able to work part time now.
Megan: Finding the motivation to keep the house in order.
Tara: If I stayed at home I think the hardest thing would be getting a routine down. I feel like I would stay in my pajamas a lot which is what I did on maternity leave. My cousin is a stay-at-home mom of 6 who home schools, and she is my idol! Her children are kind, polite, smart, and articulate. She is super organized and does these amazingly creative activities with them. I don't think I could ever have it down the way she does.
Disney World: have you made the trip? Will you?
Becky: We're trying to figure out how to financially make it happen...but really? $5000 for a week at Disney (travel/air fair, hotel, mouse ears, food, etc)? I'm sure we can do it cheaper, but well, there are those high expectations again.
Karla: Yes. Our extended family went when the kids were two. It was fun but definitely an ordeal.
Megan: Yes! We went this past summer when our kids were six, four, and seven months. I was initially dreading the trip, but we loved (almost) every minute of it and now I can't wait to go back!
Tara: Not yet, but absolutely will! I can imagine what a crazy-show it will be, but I know how much I loved it as a kid, and I can't wait to do that with Nicholas.
Kid-related or not, what is your favorite part of the day?
Becky: The hugs at the end of the day. Laying in bed with the kindergartner just the two of us listening about his day (when he'll give me details). Honestly, middle of the night snuggles with the two-year-old. I know they won't last for long and yes, I'm sleep deprived, but to have that unconditional love and need for a snuggle makes it all worth it! Oh yeah, seeing my husband when he comes home from work...yeah, that too...
Karla: It's a tie between story-time and bedtime. I have always loved reading to my kids but sitting on the couch with nothing to do at the end of the day feels pretty great too.
Tara: Kid-related: having Nicholas yell "Mama!" and run to me when I get to day care. It never gets old. Non-Kid Related: My nightly shower. I try to conserve where I can. I turn lights off when we aren't in the room, keep the thermostat low, coupon when grocery shopping, only get Starbucks when students give me gift cards, and only every buy things when they are on sale. But I relish my super hot evening shower at the end of the day. It is sometimes the only me-time I get so I don't worry about how much water I am wasting or how much it costs.
Fill in the blank, becoming a parent has made me much more...
Becky: Aware (also: fat, tired, loving, irritated, creative, silly).
Karla: Laid back. With triplets, you have to be.
Tara: Patient as a teacher. Now I see all my students not just as students, but as someone's "Nicholas". It certainly makes me pause and I often find myself thinking "How would I want Nicholas's teacher to handle this with him." AND Appreciative of my husband. Seeing Mike with Nicholas made me love him in this totally new way that I wasn't actually expecting.