After 6 weeks of work and months of anxiety and worry about what is the "best" decision for our family, I have decided to quit my job and stay home with Charlie for a while. I am really, really excited about this new chapter of my life, but a little nervous (and a little nostalgic for the old life :) as well. I loved, loved, loved my 4 months at home with Charlie and am so happy that I am going to spend more time with him. After putting many years of work into my career, however, it feels very strange to let go of it. I really like being a lawyer and feel a little like I am losing a part of myself--but I am determined to keep that part active and engaged. I think what ultimately made the decision for me is the fact that Charlie's young days seem to be passing so fast. I realized that I can always return to the law, but Charlie will only be an infant once and I think I will always be grateful that I spent this time with him.
Today was my first day at home and it did not disappoint. Poor little Charlie was sick--he actually got sent home early from day care yesterday, on his last day there. :( He ran a fever all day today and clearly did not feel well. Although our big plans (Kindermusik at the Arboretum!) fell by the wayside, it was really nice to be able to relax and cuddle Charlie without worrying about what I was supposed to be doing at work or the number of hours I needed to bill for the week. I'm sure stay-at-home mommy-hood will have its ups and downs over the next few months, but it feels really good right now!
Here's the sweet, sick little boy. I put a cool washcloth on his head to get his fever down and he loved it. How could I not like staying home with this sweet little face? :)