Thursday, June 30, 2011

Life of a SAHM Series {Day 11}: All in A Day

Hi there and welcome to Day 11 of the Life of a Stay {At} Home Mom Guest Blogging Series!!! If you are just joining our Life of a Stay {At} Home Mom Series, welcome! Miss a post? You can find all the entries for our series listed for you here.

I am so excited to introduce Amy today from All In A Day.   Amy is such a sweetheart AND shares my obsession for Pinterest!!!  Amy is a former teacher and has an adorable baby girl named, Emily.  She is so precious, I just love reading about all of her daily antics.  Please give a warm welcome to Amy!!!

Hey there Karen At Home readers!!  Let me start by saying I am soooooo stinkin’ excited to be here today!  A huge thank you to Karen for hosting such an awesome series and allowing me to be a part of it!  My name is Amy Waller and I attempt to blog over at All In A Day!  I am a stay at home mama to my beautiful baby girl, Emily.  Emily is just a few days away from being 8 months!  I am also a wife to my fantastic husband, Scott.  

Isn’t that hat to die for!?!


There is absolutely no doubt that having a child is one of the greatest of life’s rewards.  The way that baby looks at you, the way she coos, the smile she gets on her face when she sees you – it’s indescribable.  However, being a mom also comes with its challenges and difficulties (can I get an “amen” from all the mamas??). 

I am so blessed to be able to stay at home with my baby girl, Emily.  Each day is a new adventure.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!

One of the greatest rewards of being a SAHM is the opportunity to be with my child literally every single minute of our day.  Ok, that, and I get to watch The Ellen Show everyday!!  But seriously, I love spending time with her.  She is at the age now where we can play together and it is so much fun!  I get to see most of her firsts.  She recently started saying “mama” and I didn’t have to miss that.  She is also starting to crawl and I get to be there for that!  It truly is such a blessing to watch my baby grow each and every day.

She crawled clear across the room to get to that basket of magazines!

Although I really don’t think I would trade being a SAHM for anything in the world, I do miss the work place sometimes.  I was a first grade teacher before taking extended leave to be home with Emily {so I guess I still am sort of a first grade teacher since I didn’t “quit” my job}.  And you know what?  I was really good at my job.  I don’t often brag on myself {in fact, I am quite insecure}, but I really kind of was at teaching.  I enjoyed my job and the kids.  I really do miss being admired, appreciated, and needed.  I know Emily needs me, but it’s obviously just different.  In my classroom, I felt safe and “in charge”.  It was my class and I was the boss.  I really do kind of miss that. 

For my husband and I, me staying at home was kind of a given.  Let’s face it, I’m a teacher and I do NOT make that much money!  By the time we paid for daycare, my paycheck was practically gone!  There might have been enough leftover for a couple trips to the grocery store.  So, for us, it was a no-brainer.  If I was a baller and making a ton of moo-lah, it might have been different.  But, I was just a poor teacher so it worked out for us.

So, being a SAHM is pretty amazing.  As amazing as it is, it definitely has it’s challenges as well.  Financial challenges.  I really have to watch my wallet.  Scott is a very hard worker and has a great job that allows me to be at home.  We aren’t eating Ramen Noodles every night for dinner or anything.  But, I do feel guilty if I buy a shirt, or new shoes, or anything else that isn’t necessary.  It’s a definite intrinsic, self induced guilt.  It’s just there and I can’t get rid of it.  There are also personal challenges like finding gumption and time to work out and eat right.  I also have had a hard time “finding myself” as a mom.  I haven’t participated in any play groups or anything like that yet.  I just need to put myself out there, but that is hard for me.

My numero uno job is being the best mama I can be to Emily.  She is my main focus every day.  I have danced around with the idea of starting some types of online business or doing something to work from home, but I have just been unsuccessful so far.  However, my girlfriend and I have started a blog that is just for mamas!  She is also a stay at home mama (her daughter and Emily are only 2 weeks apart and they live on the same street as us!  Score!!) and we have just found so many wonderful products and resources for our babes that we just want to share them with everyone else!  We also want to talk about our struggles and joys as stay at home mamas!  We are working on the design and details of our new blog as we speak.  We hope to have it up and running within a couple weeks so stay tuned to my blog for updates!

As of right now, I am taking another year off from teaching.  I actually went and cleaned out my classroom a couple of weeks ago (sad face), and now you can’t even walk through my garage because of all the boxes of my teaching stuff!  If I did go back, I’m not 100% sure it would be to the classroom.  I love the kids and I love teaching.  But, it really is A LOT of work.  I know a lot of people think teachers are so lucky because we get off at 3:00 and have the Summer off.  The only time I ever left at 3:00 was for a doctor’s appointment, which I came back to work afterwards.  During the Summer you are taking multiple workshops to try to keep your certification up, as well as preparing for the next school year.  I used to come home around 6:00 after working all day and continue to work (grading papers, building lessons on the computer, writing lesson plans, etc) until about 10:00 when I would go to bed.  And I would be back up at 6am to do it all over again!  I’m not complaining.  Again, I LOVED my job!  I guess things have just been put in perspective now.  Now that I have Emily, I just want to be able to come home from work (if/when I go back) and spend time with her.  I don’t want to have to bring work home.  With that being said, the thought of a career change has crossed my mind.  I am thinking about going back to school.  It will either be for a masters in something education related, or for something completely different.  I’m not sure yet.  I have a lot of thinking and praying to do before I can make that decision.

At the end of the day, I have the best job on the planet!  I get to hang out with my baby girl everyday and teach her and watch her learn and grow!  I am so, so, so, so blessed and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!

Thank you so much again, Karen, for allowing me to be here today!  And thank you all for reading!!  Hopefully I didn’t bore you too much!  Want to hear more and/or keep up with my crazy life and my sweet baby girl?  Hop on over to my blog, say hi, and follow along!!



  1. Thanks again, Karen, for having me!!! <3

  2. Great post, Amy!! (I'm loving this series, Karen!) Emily is so darn cute, love her hair! (My daughter is 9 months and I'm a SAHM too.) I would definitely recommend getting out there and joining a play group or going to mommy and me classes or something. It's fun for the 2 of you and its great for you to meet some other moms/dads and chat. We also go on play dates with a chic and her son that I met at Target standing in front of the baby food section (I'll talk to anyone with a baby!!!)! My mom is a teacher and I completely agree with you about how much take home work and summer stuff there is to do. I completely admire teachers:) Good luck with whatever you decide and enjoy that beautiful baby girl - the time goes by so fast, doesn't it?!


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