I am a licensed Real Estate agent. I am so in love with the fact that I can be at home to raise my baby, and still go out and be the "professional me" and generate income for my family.
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It really has worked out that I can schedule my showings and open houses on evenings and weekends when hubs can be home to watch B. The times when I've had closings mid-day my mom has been able to take a half a day off work and come be with B.
But let's be honest....the market is s l o w.
It is so very slow. So while yes, I'm still technically a work at home mom, I most definitely relate more to a stay at home mom.
But you know what? I LOVE IT. I hate that I don't bring much income in. I hate that we're poor. (Ok, we're not poor but saying that adds a little dramatic flair.) I hate that I don't feel like a do a very good job in drumming up new business (reason for above plug). But, I LOVE BEING AT HOME. I love that hubs allows this to happen. I love being the one that wakes B up from each nap. I love that my vocabulary has diminished, I sit on the floor most of the day, and doing a whole load of B's laundry is still exciting. I feel guilty about this but, sometimes I love that I only have to worry about what our next family meal is going to B.
Yes, I do love be my professional self, because, if I can toot my own horn, I am extremely good at what I do. I am diligent in answering questions, returning emails, building rapport and negotiating the best price.
However, being a mom is the hardest job in the world, and I am so lucky I get to do it everyday.