(1) I get to be with my son all day long, which means I have so many opportunities to have sweet moments with him. Plus I get to decide what he does (and learns) all day long.
(2) Being at home makes it SO much easier for our families and friends to be an integral part of Jackson's life. Because I'm not interacting with people all day in the office and get lots of one-on-one time with Jackson, I'm glad to have family drop by or keep Jackson whenever is convenient for them--even last minute. It's also easy for Jackson and me to go to my hometown for the day, so we can visit with my parents, sisters, great aunt, and his cousins. And of course, we have plenty of time for play dates with friends (Jackson watching older kids play:)
(3) That I don't have to "work" anymore nor do I have to figure out how to balance parenting and working (or how to get out the door every morning with a baby or pumping at work, etc.). I didn't love my job and definitely don't miss the stress of my profession. I have no idea how I could focus for hours each day and do quality work with the lack of sleep I often experience.
(4) Because I'm with Jackson at home, Blake (who works at home) gets to spend more time with Jackson. I think it's such a gift for Jackson to get so much time with both of his parents. Plus sometimes I get to go to the pool or gym alone during the day!
(5) The dress code (pajamas, shorts, robe).
(1) Loss of income. I suspect that if I ever go back to "work," this would be 90% of the reason.
(2) Lack of breaks....at least with an office job you get a peaceful lunch break; you can quietly play on the internet or drink coffee or use the restroom. I always liked the time in the morning before I started working when I'd sip coffee and check my email, blogs, and Facebook. Now I'm doing that on my phone while I feed Jackson--often at some unreasonable time of night :)
(3) The constancy can be challenging, especially on the days Jackson doesn't nap or is unusually fussy. Thankfully this has gotten much easier as he gets older, but there have been periods of time when Jackson didn't nap at all and Blake was out of town for days, and I was really overwhelmed. I'm learning that when Blake is going to be gone for 3 days or longer, I probably need to arrange some sort of help for a few hours one day.
(4) It's really unpredictable. I may think we've got an easy day ahead of us, and then I find myself starting the third load of laundry by 10 a.m. because we've had a poo-plosion and projectile vomitting all over the crib/rug/bedding/baby and Jackson refuses to nap longer than 30 minutes.
p.s. I'm thankful for the time to blog! It's a great way to reflect.