These first two photos are from Nicole Nadolski from Canterbury. NH.
She is on Facebook at Nicole Nadolski photography.
1. How long have you been a SAHM?
Since December 2012. I was a preschool teacher and stopped working when I was six months pregnant.
2. How many children and what are their ages?
I have one seven month old son.
3. What is a typical day like for you ?
Our days are finally starting to get a routine! We wake up, eat breakfast, play for a bit, He naps between 8 and 9, he either naps in his stroller while I jog outside or in his crib while I run on our treadmill, and/or get ready for the day. We either run errands, clean, play, meet friends, whatever the day holds. He naps again around 2 or 3 for an hour or so while I get house work done. He is up and we start dinner. Daddy comes home and we eat, take a tub, play and he goes to bed. At this point I rush around to finish what I didn't do during the day and try to spend time with my husband. I crash into bed around 9.
4. Why did you decide to stay at home?
I chose to stay home because I want to be our children's biggest influence.
All photos from Kassy Flagg
5. What is important to you when it comes to be a SAHM, what do you try to make sure you do each day, what do you want your child to learn from this experience being home with you?
It is important to me that my son learn morals and Godly values. I am sure to limit my phone and Facebook time so that I am present in his day, we sing and read every day. He is still young but as he grows I will add more outside time playing with him, and more activities. I try to make sure that when he is awake I am always interacting with him.
6. What do you think most people do NOT understand about being a SAHM? What do you think they think about your day that isn't true?
I think most people think I'm lazy or rich. I'm neither. I hardly ever sit during the day unless it's on the floor to play with my baby.
The agreement I have with my husband is that if I'm home all day I do all the household chores. I do all the cooking, cleaning and laundry, as well as all the errands, banking and bill paying and take care of two dogs and our baby. My husband steps up any time I need help but I am not lazy! I am also not rich, we make great financial sacrifices so I can be home.
My own childhood memories help me to be a good stay at home mom. My mom worked two nights a week and was home with us during the day.
Having my mom home was the best! She took us on adventures, she played with us, she cooked with us. It was an amazing childhood and it's the kind of upbringing I want my children to have.
8. What is your advice to a mother thinking of being a SAHM? What tips would you recommend for getting through the days?
My advice to a new stay at home mom would be to plan ahead. Before even trying for a baby my husband and I had decided I would be home with them if possible. We took a Dave Ramsey financial class and got all our debt paid off before getting pregnant. We have vowed to live without many material things and fancy vacations so that our children can be brought up at home.
I think the best part of being home so far is those mornings after a really long night up with the baby. When he takes that nap and I'm exhausted I can nap with him, or at least do a few chores at my own pace with an extra cup of coffee.
I think working moms are the heroes I don't know how they get up and function through a work day after rough nights!!
Really, the best part is just knowing I won't miss a thing. His first smile, first giggle, first step... I get to be here for every minute!
10.What are the challenging parts of being a SAHM?
I find getting everything done in a day challenging and I'm sure as my baby is older and more active it will be even harder! I'm still running around at the end of the day catching up!
11. Anything else you want to add?
I just want to add that I worked with kids before having my own. I was alone with preschoolers all day, so I am used to not having much adult interaction until the end of the day. When I do get bored of being home, I get out!! Babies can swing at play grounds, they like to take walks, or even stroll around Target!! I know when he's bigger things will change, but that's what I love the most!
Every day is different!