My husband, Richie, and I were overjoyed to find out that we were expecting so quickly after our wedding. Although, I have to admit, I was also a little bit scared. I have been spending the last several years getting my own life on the right track and was just finally starting to feel like a responsible adult!
I have always looked forward to the idea of being a mother but have also always been an independent, hardworking woman. What was I going to do? Continue working? Stay at home and raise our child? Could I have the best of both worlds? I felt pressure to make all of these decisions right out of the gate. Luckily, God gives us 40 weeks (give or take) to get everything lined up.
Richie and I decided that we wanted to raise our family in Colorado and he was able to land an excellent job right away. I was still working at my beloved Ascend Recovery as the Program Director right up until we were packing the moving truck. I figured I could take a couple of weeks after moving to find work after the big move. After all, I was nearly halfway through the pregnancy and thought I deserved a little break!
As the weeks turned into months, my baby bump turned into a basketball and there was no luck on the job front. I had no idea what to do with myself! While my husband was at work being the breadwinner, I figured I needed to do my part by at least by being the homemaker. Cleaning and decorating are very enjoyable to me but cooking and grocery shopping are still completely new concepts. My days seemed to drag on as I was becoming a homemaker against my own will.
I will be sharing my triumphs and tragedies with you that I have experienced as I gracefully –*cough, cough* okay, maybe not so gracefully,– delve into the worlds of cooking, decorating, and being a mommy… and ALL on a budget.