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My son is sick today and I am so glad I’m able to be here to take care of him. I know if I was still a flight attendant this would be a lot harder. I am so blessed and lucky my husband was supportive when I told him I wanted to stop working.
When Courtney and I first started getting to know each other I would tell him how I wanted to get married and have kids. Most importantly was that I wanted to be at home with them for the first few years of their lives. I knew that as a flight attendant I would have to be gone at least 4 days a week and I didn’t want that. Courtney used to laugh at me and told me that his household was going to be a two income household and his wife would have to work. He also told me I would never find a man who would let me stop working.
When I found out I was pregnant
I had just started with a new airline. Let’s just call it a congratulations present from my hubby. My initial plan was to take the first couple of years off from flying and then go back to work. That plan quickly changed. After Courtney and I got together and I knew this thang was real I knew there was no way both of us were going to be away from our baby.
Factors To Consider
There are so many things parents have to think about before deciding to stay at home.
Can you afford it?
Will there be resentment?
Can you go back later?
How it will effect your children?
At exactly six weeks my morning sickness kicked in with a vengeance. I ended up needing meds for my hyperemesis gravidarum. Imagine being on a flight and hearing your flight attendant in the lavatory throwing up every five seconds. On top of that I had already decided I wasn’t lifting anybody’s heavy bags. If it’s too heavy for you to pick up yourself then you shouldn’t have packed it like that. I’m not having a miscarriage because you don’t want to check your bags. Shortly after my doctor put me on bed rest for a few weeks. When I reached out to my superiors at work nobody helped. It was then that Courtney said forget it just quit and be a stay at home mom. This was causing unnecessary stress on me and the baby.
Even though I loved being a flight attendant and had been one for the past 11 years I had different priorities now. My health and our son’s health were what really mattered. It wasn’t a decision we went into lightly. I know this isn’t even an option for some women so I know how lucky I am.
So much for Courtney’s two income household……..
Are there any hard decisions you’ve had to make? Share your story with me!
Until Next Time!