Well, today is the day I decided to quit my job to become a stay at home mom. I should explain that better, because it’s so much more than that.
Today, I decided to quit my 7.5 year career at my dream job at NASA Johnson Space Center. I worked with astronauts, my heroes, daily, training them in Earth Science and sending target lists up to the International Space Station. I worked with researchers around the world to acquire imagery of their research sites taken by the astronauts in space. I became known, not only within my field, but around NASA as an agency, as the person to identify imagery taken of the Earth from ISS. I had won multiple awards throughout my time at NASA. I worked my way up to becoming the manager of my group.
NASA had been my dream since the third grade, when my class took a field trip to watch a Space Shuttle launch from Kennedy Space Center. From then, I knew I wanted to be involved in human spaceflight. And today, I decided to leave the job that got me there. Why? One word: Harper.
Alex and I decided to try to have a baby right after I ran my marathon at Disney World in January 2018. So, in February of that year, we started trying, and wham! I got pregnant. It all happened so quickly!
On December 8, 2018 (that’s right, she was two weeks late), Harper came into this world and we fell instantly in love with her. We waited 10 long months to meet her, and it all came to a head at 5:32am that day. It is unbelievable how much we love her and how she has enriched our lives.
I had envisioned my life as a mother, and it seemed right to become a stay at home parent. However, there is a big difference between envisioning something and doing something. Today I am doing something, which is so much more difficult.
Don’t get me wrong: I know this is what I want. I want to watch every moment of her life unfold. I want to be there for the first time she giggles, crawls, walks, talks. I want to be the person she wakes up to in the morning, plays with during the day, cuddles when she is sick or scared, and puts her to bed. I want all of those things, but it’s taking the leap from what I know and have built that scares me.
So today, I take that leap. My life is taking a huge turn. We have to figure out how to go from two incomes to one. How to be frugal while raising a child. Making healthy meals for cheap. Being good parents while maintaining a rock solid marriage.
My intention is to not only document Harper growing up and our life as a family of three, but to also show you how we’re doing it. I know for me, I scoured the internet trying to figure out how to reduce our income to just one paycheck every two weeks. How to cut corners and even try to bring in extra income. I hope to help you reading to do the same. We should all be able to stay home with our little ones as they’re growing up, if that is your desire. Or even if it’s not and you’re just here for budgeting help, eating cheaply, family/marriage things, or anything else, I’m glad you’re here with me!
Let’s do this!