Whelp, starting this week I become a stay-at-home dad every Tuesday and Thursday! A dream of mine finally come true, only without any “poker time” with the guys or the outside freedom to do as I please since I’ll still be the main provider of the house! Haha… But the additional 40/50 hour workweek aside, it’s still gonna be one hell of an adventure :)
And really it’s that, or we cough up an additional $900 a MONTH just so daycare can have him for two days a week – how utterly insane. And full-time is even worse at over $2,000 a month! *Vomit* That’s somebody’s mortgage! Or even 3 of them for some people :( Just can’t bring ourselves to do that yet… Plus, we’re still too new at the whole parenting thing that the idea of leaving him with strangers for 40 hours a week just totally freaks us out. He’s such a little guy!
So this week will be a battle of both time and patience to say the least. I have yet to spend more than 3-4 hours ALONE with Baby $ since he’s been addicted to his mother’s breasts the entire time (and rightfully so!), so it’ll be interesting to see how he copes with daddy all day long combined with some new bottle action. And then, of course, how well daddy can stay away from the computers and laptops and iPhones and everything else connecting him to reality and work stuff! He feels the anxiety building already! Haha…
On the other hand – taking work completely out of the picture – I’m also curious to see what being the main caregiver actually feels like too :) And what the Mrs. and all other stay at home moms go through on any given day taking care of our little pals. I already appreciate what they do as much as I an, but I have a feeling I’m up for a much ruder awakening come tomorrow, haha… But maybe I’ll completely fall in love with it? And then never go back to blogging again?? (Yeah right!) Only time will tell I guess, but please nobody email me tons of questions and/or awesome company ideas for the time being, cool? I don’t think I can handle it all :)
But getting back to the finance aspect of it all again, doesn’t that $900 price tag just SUCK? Would you stay at home twice a week instead of coughing it up too if you could? On top of your 40 hour a week job? Or do you think there’s no way you could do it? I mean, worst case scenario we could always use the money the wife will now be making to *barely* cover it all (the fellowship doesn’t pay much), but that would completely wipe out one of the three major reasons for taking it on in the first place. The other two being for the experience and resume building, plus the chance to get the Mrs. out of the house and back into the normal world for a bit. 3 months of no sleep and complete baby loving is turning her brain into much ;) Which is never good for anyone…
So that’s what’s going on in my life right now, anyways. Major lifestyle changes to try and save $112.50 a day ;) What do you think? Would you do it too? Anyone else going through something similar, or have any awesome tips or tricks to help me?
I’ll keep you posted as the days go by… If you don’t hear from me on Wednesday, you might want to page me at the budget hotline: 1-800-J-Moneyy, haha… I’ll probably be somewhere passed out.
PS: Don’t really call that number, I just made it up. Unless you want to buy it for me? ;)
PPS: Shout out to my boy Aaron from Colour Lovers for the killer baby shirt up there! Thx man!
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