I noticed that a past post of mine, on single-income family living has been getting some play recently, and it has made me think about our current one-income lifestyle. When I wrote that post, I hadn’t told my boss that I wasn’t planning to return to my job after my maternity leave is up. Now I’ve told her, and now I’ve told you too.
What does this mean? Only that as of now my bosses are age 3, and 7 months respectively and my job title is “Mommy”. It means I’ve got two long-term projects (one boy-type and one girl-type). The days are long, the pay is crap, and I’m loving (nearly) every minute of it. This is what I want to do when I grow up.
This also means that we’re in this for the mid-to-long-haul: this isn’t just one year of living on 75% of our family income. This is what we’re looking at for the next several years. (We haven’t put a date on my return to work, but–and don’t tell my husband this–I’m planning to stay off as long as possible. I want to be that mom who holds hands during field trips year after year in my kids’ classrooms).
My mat leave money runs out at the end of the summer. Before then, we need some serious plans in place for making this happen. I have a hunch it might involve more than using cloth toilet paper.