Tuesday, 20 September 2011
*I got this idea from my Redbook Magazine. They posed the question, what have you given up for your kids?* This can also be something you "put on hold".
A few months before I got pregnant, my husband and I had gotten an offer to be apartment managers at the same complex my mother in law and father in law were working at. Since they were moving, they thought we would like to take over. This would be the first real job, besides selling Avon, that I would have after we got married and after I had moved to Vegas. I was also, you know, only 20 years old. Part of me was really apprehensive about it. I hadn't a clue how to manage apartments and I knew it would be challenging. But at the same time, I was looking forward to having a job, making my own money and being independent in that way.
Fast forward a couple months.... I'm pregnant! All of a sudden, my days were spent laying on a couch, waiting to puke for what felt like the millionth time. All of a sudden, those thoughts of being able to spend some of my hard earned money on whatever I wanted, went to thoughts of what baby things we needed and saving money. In some senses, I gave up that little bit of "independence" that I was looking forward too. Now I had a whole new set of responsibilities on top of other ones. And, we ultimately knew that we couldn't do that job forever. Since we were living there, too, while managing, we knew we couldn't grow a family in a studio apartment forever. Though some parts of me still wishes we could...
What have you given up or put on hold for you kids?