2013 has been a year full of big news for my family.
... in February, we moved to our first rental home...
...in September, I shared that we are pregnant with our second baby...
...later that month, I shared that we are having another little boy...
...and even later that month, I shared that we had sold (kind of) our old home and were moving to a new rental house....
Phew. I'm tired just reading all of that. That's a crazy busy year! Guess what? I've got one more piece of big news to share with you to cap off 2013. After much prayer, reflection and analyzing what's best for our family, I have decided to quit my full-time job and spend some time at home over the next few months.
Most of you know that I have a career practicing law. I'm a real estate attorney at a small firm outside of Atlanta. Ever since HDawg was born, I've been incredibly blessed to have a flexible, "part-time" schedule where I work approximately 30-35 hours a week both in the office and from home. This schedule worked great for me, as I felt like I had the best of both worlds getting to work but also to have a day or two at home each week with H. Unfortunately, I oftentimes have nighttime hearings that keep me out way past HDawg's bedtime (meaning there are some days I don't get to see him at all) and, as I'm sure you can imagine, an attorney's job can be quite stressful at times. Even in a great firm, it's simply a high-pressure job.
One of the scariest parts about the move to our current rental house back in October is that it put me about 70 miles away from my office. But it was worth it knowing that we were so much closer to David's office and HDawg's school; it was definitely time to move our lives closer to that. So we bit the bullet, made the move and I modified my schedule at that time so that I was only going into the office (ie. making that lengthy commute) twice a week.
And then, all of a sudden, I was 7.5 months pregnant and really not enjoying that long drive, those late-night hearings and the general pressure of working a professional job. My doctor advised me to rest... and I looked at her and said, "like, when?" Rest just didn't happen for me. In between working, caring for my family, chasing after my adorable 15 month old and getting us settled after our move, I didn't have time to relax, focus on being pregnant or anything like that. I was living quite the chaotic life. I am sure that many (if not most!) of you can relate.
Of course, there are a bunch more personal factors that go into play here. For example, my sweet husband's completely rational fear that I will go into labor 70 miles away from home/him/our hospital and doctors. So, ultimately, David and I discussed and prayed about it, and we decided that the best fit for our family was for me to leave my current job at the law firm at the end of the year. In fact, today is my last day!
I absolutely intend to go back to work after my maternity leave. I am due March 2nd, but I had H about ten days early, so I expect to deliver sometime in mid-February. A three month maternity leave takes me to mid-May. At that point, I plan to go back to work full-time somewhere closer to our new home. I will spend some of my maternity leave focusing on that job search and finding a new fit for my professional life. As much as it is bittersweet to leave my current firm (that I've been at for five years as an attorney and two more before that as an intern!) it's also very exciting. I can't wait to see what's ahead for me in terms of my professional life and the opportunities for growth I'll have there.
Until then, I have about six to eight weeks until baby #2 makes his appearance. That will give me a lot of time to spend loving on HDawg, focusing on our family of three (for now!), preparing our home for our new family member, focusing on my freelance writing (I currently write for BabyCenter, ForRent and Houzz- check out my articles!) and, maybe... just maybe... time to take a nap or two! : ) And then, of course, come March, I'll have plenty of time to welcome our sweet new baby boy into the world and help my family make the transition to a family of four.
So, that's what is going on with my family lately. 2013 has been a pretty exciting year of transition for us and I think that 2014 will be just as exciting and filled with so many new adventures! I can't wait to see what lies ahead in our little lives. Thanks so much for following along with our crazy adventures.
Stay tuned, I'll be rounding up my favorite 2013 projects and posts later this week!