Wow, so, 6 months ago, I started my stay at home parent adventure, and that time has flown by.
I remember when my wife and I sat down and discussed the idea of her taking 6 months of her 12 month maternity leave, and then for me to take the next 6 months and thinking that it would be an amazing opportunity to spend so much time with my son. And I don’t regret one moment of it.
Yes, It’s hardwork, every day and I don’t feel like I get much time to myself, but then I sit back for a second (it’s about all i get), take a look at my boy, as he crawls up the stairs for the 3rd time in the last 10 minutes, see that smile on his face, and realize that it’s been, quite possibly, the best 6 months of my life.
I remember back in December saying to myself that it would be great to start this blog and write about my experiences as a first time parent. It hasn’t happened. At least, not to the amount that I expected to be possible. People tell you how tough it can be, but, before experiencing it for yourself, it’s impossible to imagine. I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for back then. It’s certainly not been easy, but I wouldn’t change my decision. Which is why, a few weeks ago, I handed in my notice and as of Monday I’m officially a Stay at Home Dad.
Actually, that’s not the only reason. The other reason, was financial. As i suspect a lot of these decisions are. One day, while the Little Guy was taking a short nap, I took time out of housework and Netflix-bingeing to look at our finances and worked out the cost of childcare if i were to return to work. Thankfully, my wife is on a decent salary, otherwise we would seriously struggle. I genuinely don’t know how some families do it. After full time childcare, and my travel to work, I would have ended up earning £5 per day. Before Tax. It didn’t take long to work out that to earn £5 per day, and not follow my son’s adventure of discovery, was simply not something I was interested in doing.
So here I am, about to embark on stage 2 of this parenting adventure. I also hope that, with more of a routine in place with the Little Guy, I’ll be comfortable blogging more regularly, and sharing our adventures with you.