Yesterday, I woke up with a sore throat, and did not think much of it. By 1:30 PM, as I sat suffering on a park bench, watching my kids play, I knew I had something serious. Today, I was diagnosed with strep throat. Thank goodness, my father-in-law offered to pick up my oldest from her pre-k class, and now the baby is napping.
Earlier today, I was talking to a good friend of mine, and said, “Isn’t it funny now that the stress is out of my life, I get sick?”. She laughed, and said “Maybe you are addicted to stress?” After I got off the phone, I started thinking, “Am I really under less stress since I left my job two weeks ago? ”
Many of my friends, career women who are now stay-at-home Moms warned me about the transition not being as smooth as they expected, although they would not trade it for the world. One friend, who was a RN treating cancer patients for 16 years before she made the transition, said being a full-time Mom was the hardest job she ever experienced. Another friend, who was a CPA, said it was strange to see April 15th come and go just like any ordinary day. So, I have a question for those of you that made this change to full-time Mom, what was the most difficult thing for you when you made the transition? What was the easiest? What took you completely by surprise?