So my laptop crashed a while back and I haven't been able to blog since. I got the hard drive replaced, and thank goodness some of my files were backed up. I wanted to blog about Caramoan this week, but I don't know if I have the energy to hunt up my external hard drive and try to find my Caramoan pictures. Haha!
So for now, I'm going to settle with using some good old stock photo from Pixabay. (If you want free, high quality images, Pixabay's a good site.)
The Perks & Pitfalls of Being a WAHM
5. And the best perk of all ever since I became a WAHM? I get to work for a living and closely watch my daughter grow at the same time. I've always wanted to be a hands-on mom, but at the same time, I love being able to contribute to our many expenses at home. Being a WAHM means I get to have both.
Pitfalls1. I have no benefits, no vacation or sick leaves, nothing. So when I'm sick, or Sofi's sick, or The Memet's sick and I have to be at the hospital or the clinic and I can't get work done, I don't get paid. Last month, The Memet was confined at the hospital for roughly 3 days. That would've meant 3 days of no pay, but I brought my laptop and pocket wifi (I have a pocket wifi for backup / emergencies) and was able to work a few hours each day.
2. It's hard. Well, it was probably easier when I wasn't a mom yet. But when Sofi came, there were times when I wanted to quit working. We have a housekeeper who comes in during the day, but we don't have a nanny. I'm sure my life would probably be easier if we had a nanny, but I like being able to maintain our privacy at home - just us and no one else. There are days when Sofi's well-behaved and she'd just nap with no fuss right after feeding. During those days, I cram in all the work I can. But then there are days when I can barely get anything done because she's being fussy. Sometimes, I don't even get to take a bath. Eew, I know.
I only listed 2 pitfalls vs. the 5 perks, but overall, I'd say being a WAHM requires a lot of skill to be able to balance everything. I'm not saying I've got it all figured out. There are days when I feel rather productive while being a great mom. Then there are days when I feel like giving up work. But I'm confident that as time goes by, I'll get a better handle on things. Then maybe I won't feel so haggard all the time. Haha!
Motherhood is a joy and a privilege, and I'm glad I'm able to work and and contribute as well. The Memet is a good provider, but having my own income allows me to buy the things I want for myself and for Sofi, and it lets me buy The Memet gifts every now and then - aside from allowing me to pay part of our monthly bills. :)