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From Career Woman to Stay-at-Home Mum: My Story

Who Am I Now? A Stay-At-Home Mum.

So, here I am, sitting on my couch with a lukewarm cup of coffee in one hand and a sticky toy truck in the other. How did I get here? Well, it all started with a tiny bundle of joy named Liam. Before him, I was Sarah: career woman extraordinaire, juggling deadlines, meetings, and business trips like a pro. But now? Now, I’m a stay-at-home “Mum.” It’s a title I wear with pride, though sometimes it feels like it’s swallowing up the person I used to be.

Embracing the Chaos

Let me tell you, motherhood is not for the faint of heart. There’s no manual, no roadmap, just a whole lot of trial and error. Some days, I feel like I’ve got this whole parenting thing down pat. Other days, I’m counting down the minutes until bedtime, wondering if I’m doing it all wrong. But amidst the chaos of sticky fingers and temper tantrums, there are moments of pure magic—the sound of Liam’s laughter, his tiny arms wrapped around my neck, the way his face lights up when he sees me. It’s in those moments that I know I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.

Finding My Identity

One of the biggest challenges of transitioning from a career woman to a stay-at-home mum has been finding my identity outside of motherhood. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day routine of nappies and nap schedules, to forget the person I was before Liam came along. But I’ve come to realise that being a mum doesn’t mean sacrificing who I am—it means embracing all facets of myself, both the professional and the maternal. So, I carve out time for myself amidst the chaos—whether it’s sneaking in a yoga class during naptime or indulging in a guilty pleasure novel after bedtime. Because at the end of the day, I’m not just Liam’s mum; I’m still Sarah, too.

Navigating Relationships

Another aspect of motherhood that took me by surprise? The impact it had on my relationships. Suddenly, my once-bustling social life dwindled to playdates and mummy-and-me classes. Some friendships faded away, unable to withstand the monumental shift in my priorities. But others deepened, forged in the trenches of sleepless nights and shared parenting woes. And then there’s my relationship with my partner, Tom. Parenthood has tested us in ways we never imagined, pushing us to our limits and forcing us to communicate like never before. But through it all, we’ve emerged stronger, more resilient, more in love than ever.

Redefining Success

As a former career woman, success used to be measured in promotions and paychecks, accolades and achievements. But motherhood has a funny way of shifting your perspective. These days, success looks a little different—it’s in the way Liam’s eyes light up when he learns something new, in the bedtime stories we share, in the moments of quiet connection that fill our days. It’s a slower, messier kind of success, but it’s infinitely more fulfilling. And while I may not have it all figured out quite yet, I’m learning to embrace the journey, one sticky toy truck at a time.

So, that’s my story—from career woman to stay-at-home mum, navigating the messy, beautiful reality of motherhood one day at a time. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth every sleepless night, every tantrum, every sticky fingerprint on the walls. Because in the end, being Liam’s mum is the greatest adventure of all.

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