When Jason and I imagined this blog at the beginning of the year, our vision was to create fun and informative content that would resonate with parents and non-parents alike. We wanted to share our experiences if for no other reason than to let others know they weren’t alone. The results have been wonderful, and we’re so incredibly grateful for the readers we’ve gained thus far. We’re growing, and we have you to thank…so thanks…or as our two year old would say “sanks”. (Trust me, it’s cute.)
Our family has been through so many changes over the last three years. When Jason lost his job in radio, we flipped from a double income no kids (DINK) family, to a single income no kids (SINK) family. Then Jason started his own voice-acting business and our son was born, which (at least at the beginning) flipped us into a single income single kid (SISK) family. Over the last two years, Jason’s business has grown into a full income, flipping us into a double income single kid (DISK) family. A couple of months ago we launched this blog, and our daughter was born the very next day, which is our most recent flip to a double income double kid (DIDK) family. Whew! That’s a lot of flipping (and a lot of acronyms). But wait! We’re in the midst of one more “flip”…
When I became a mom I wasn’t expecting the wave of emotions that washed over me. I would describe it as a combination of extreme joy, monumental love, and crippling fear. As the mom of a two year old and a two month old, I would now add occasional frustration and self-doubt to the mix, and remove “crippling” as the adjective used to describe my very healthy amount of fear. It may sound cliché, but becoming a parent has brought new meaning to my life. It’s also made me question my priorities, and what I really want for myself and my family.
After my son was born two years ago, and I returned to work, I knew what I really wanted was to be a stay at home mom. I even wrote a blog post about it. The problem, at the time, was that Jason had just started his own voice over business and I was the primary bread-winner for the family. I had (and still have) a great job with good benefits, so it made the most sense for Jason to stay at home with LB. Then, while I was pregnant with our daughter, we began to realize that we would need to make a change to our childcare situation. With Jason’s increased work hours, we knew there was no way he could continue growing his voice business and care for two kids.
The way we saw it, we had only two choices. We could either hire a child care provider, or one of us would need to change our work situation. This is a choice so many families must face, and it’s a difficult one. We had to weigh the pros and cons, and crunch some numbers to determine what would work best for our family.
While option one certainly could have been viable after researching the cost of child care providers in our area, I just couldn’t stand the idea of paying a stranger to raise my children if there was a way I could stay home with them. So…as scary as it was to consider leaving a perfectly good job with benefits, we started taking steps toward option two. We started looking into other income possibilities that could help mitigate the loss of a full income (this blog). We had to make several reductions and sacrifices to our family expenses (which I will blog about at a later date). We weren’t sure if my staying home would even be possible when we committed to these changes, but we knew that if we didn’t give it our all it definitely wouldn’t be.
So…as you’ve probably guessed with such a long setup, I am pleased to announce that I’ve accepted a position as the CEO, CFO, and Mom In Chief at By the Seat of Our Pants! It’s official…did you notice the business card? My first day in this new role will be July 11th, and I’m very excited for the new opportunities this will open up for the blog. And, of course, the best part of this career change is that I’ll be home to help care for our kids. I have so many ideas and we’ll also accept requests. So…if there’s a topic you’d like me (or Jason) to write about, feel free to contact us.