Saturday, May 21, 2011

SAHM or WOTM?

I've officially done it. I have decided to be a WOTM (work out of the home mom).

After Madelyn was born, I struggled a bit with going back to work. I didn't want to leave her with strangers, I wanted to spend all my time with her, and I was really going to miss those middle of the day walks and naps!

But after Henry and Clara were born, going back to work has been a bit easier! I can't help but refer to this Mark Twain quote when discussing what it's like to stay at home with twins -

"Sufficient unto the day is one baby. As long as you are in your right mind don’t you ever pray for twins. Twins amount to a permanent riot. And there ain’t any real difference between triplets and an insurrection."

So true. While we feel very blessed to have these babes, there is NEVER a dull moment in our home....and they aren't even mobile yet!

I am in awe of all SAHM's (stay at home moms). You are amazing. I once heard someone say SAHM's should actually be called the CEO of the family. I agree, you are running the household. I thought I could do it but after two months with the twins, I realized I needed to get back to work outside of the house!

After deciding I needed to go back to work, I needed to figure out what kind of work I was going to do. My undergraduate degree is in Electronic Media, my Masters degree is in Early Childhood Education (emphasis on Montessori education), I've managed restaurants, and I worked  at a jewelry store for several years.

I loved studying for my degree in Electronic Media but my heart just isn't there anymore. I don't think I'm competitive enough for that world. That was an easy decision, one I actually made years ago.

Most of you know, my passion is with Montessori education. We practice the Montessori philosophy in our home and with the general day to day raising of our children (yes, I've turned my husband into a Montessorian). I have also been teaching classes with the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, something I plan to continue. I considered going back to the classroom, teaching 3-6 year olds, but wouldn't that be exhausting?! Working everyday with 20-25 children then coming home to my 3 children.....um, no thanks.

The restaurant world is always an option but those working hours are crazy. I would never see my family.

So that left the jewelry store. I started working at The Richter & Phillips Jewelry Company when I was just 19 years old! Yes, I've moved around quite a bit - to Europe, Michigan, and Maine - but the family at the jewelry store always welcomes me back. It's a fun job and there is always something new to learn. I'm able to use most of my training and experience while working there....I help customers, edit the website, I work on jewelry inventory, process jewelry repairs, help with marketing, and I'm currently working on cataloguing estate appraisal items. But most importantly, I leave everyday at 3, have all the kids home by 4 AND I have the energy and patience needed to devote time to them.

My work at Richter & Phillips, combined with teaching at GCCME, and raising the kids is certainly keeping me busy but I wouldn't ask for life to be any different right now.

Everything certainly does happen for a reason.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ten weeks and four days.



Dear Henry,

You are surrounded by little girls that love you dearly. Nearly every picture we have of you and Clara, she is touching you. Not sure how much of this is coincidence but I'm assuming it's because she likes to be near you. Your big sister absolutely loves to play with you. You sit in your chair next to her or lay on the floor and watch her every move. While pretending with her barn and animals, she likes to give you the horses to play with.

You are a pretty laid back little guy. Although when you want something, you have quite the squeal to let us know.

You weigh almost 11 pounds now and in my book, that makes you chunky. You're a strong baby who seems to grow with each stretch or grunt.

Your smile is contagious. When Madelyn is around, she insists you are smiling because of something she did. It's a goal of hers to always make you happy. When she does, she yells, "He's happy now!" or "Him not grumpy."

You make the best facial expressions, the kind that make me wonder, "what is he thinking?"

I am having so much fun getting to know you!

Love,
Mommy




Dear Clara,

You look so much like your big sister. A lot of people have commented on how much you're going to look like Madelyn's twin instead of Henry's. In fact, you and Henry have very little in common. Although, you certainly enjoy having him around. Often, you will not fall asleep until Henry is in his crib next to you and you much prefer to be laying on the floor by him then anywhere else.

You very seldom fuss and when you do you sound like a kitten. Especially compared to Henry's squeal! Mostly, you get upset because you are tired or hungry.

You've recently started following people around with your eyes. You get very excited when someone talks to you...your arms start swinging and your legs kick as if you are riding a bike. Your big blue eyes get even bigger and more round when someone simply says hello to you.

You weigh almost 10 pounds now. Even though you eat just as much as your brother, you just can't seem to catch up to him.

The last ten weeks have been amazing, I look forward to watching you continue to grow!

Love,
Mommy