So remember how when I had that crazy week in July? No? Well, I remember. And then a little over 2 months later I began my journey as a stay at home mom. My first week didn’t go so well. Really, it was terrible. I had a HORRIBLE time adjusting. Seriously. So I didn’t blog that week. And then, I was ready to crawl out of my hole that I wish I could have crawled into the whole time, and gave you a short and sweet post sharing a belly photo and promising a story.
It’s story time! a.k.a. Roller Coaster Week, Part Deux
My roller coaster week in July started on a sad note and then ended in an amazing way. If you don’t want to read about it, I’ll give you the summary:
“So Tuesday was crazy [I was really sad about giving notice]. Then Wednesday was lame, ptb had to leave to teach a course in New York. Then Thursday, the week got CRAZY [I received an INCREDIBLE opporunity I’m going to tell you about in the future].”
The future is now my friends. Thursday July 12, 2012 I sat down to dinner with Ben and my phone started lighting up. New Etsy Conversation, New Etsy Conversation, New Etsy Conversation, New Etsy Conversation, New Etsy Conversation. Five times. First I thought they were reminders. Which was odd. Then when my phone locked, I saw it was 5 separate notifications. I see my email. The subject line:
Press Request – Real Simple – URGENT!
THAT HAD JUST HAPPENED! TO ME! Of course, I didn’t have the items they were requesting handy. And they are actually things I normally do have on hand! But I was just getting through the exhaustion of the first trimester and I had shipped out some ready made items for orders. So I stayed up until 4am. And then I posted this to Instagram:
Success! All 5 completed items ready to be express overnighted to Real Simple Magazine plus I finished one last item for the Robot Mommy! A week later (another Thursday actually), I received another product request from Parenting and Baby Talk for the dino hat. Life is CRAZY!
I was told in the product requests that the items needed to be available October 10th. So I assumed that was publication time. I started my week as a SAHM on a high. I was a stay at home mom! My job is now to make sure my child is happy and healthy. And in a month I may just be featured in a national publication with about 2 million issues printed each month. Over 80% of those being subscriptions. Amazing. How awesome is life?
Apparently so awesome that B couldn’t handle having mommy 24/7. Our first week together was crap. Complete crap. Then that Friday came. I received a package. It was my hat being returned from Parenting. No message, so I contacted the Style Editor I had been in touch with to see if there was any publication info. A few hours later, I received a message from someone at Real Simple letting me know the hats were not chosen for this years holiday gift guide and would I like them sent back. Because my week apparently hadn’t sucked enough already. That’s how it ended. Start on a high. End on a crushing low. Seemed appropriate that I find out the same week I started staying at home.
That weekend was rough for me. Pregnancy hormones + bad week + bad news = really, really, really irritable mama. Who cries a lot when she doesn’t get enough sleep (which was quite frequently this pregnancy). Such a bad start to the weekend in fact, that ptb and I were considering whether I needed to ask for my job back. Maybe staying at home wasn’t for me.
I got through it though! It is for the best. I am still swamped with orders and feel like I am JUST keeping up. The little man and I have gotten into a much better routine with each other during the week. I’m starting to cook again. We started going to Starbucks again (did you know we had given it up for this?). All is right in the world. So I’m not in two national publications this holiday season. I’m 7 months pregnant! That would be ridiculous. I’ve still been featured on some pretty awesome blogs recently. My fan base on Facebook is growing. I have an amazing husband, an incredibly adorable and happy son, and a baby who is trying to escape my belly on a daily basis coming this Christmas. I don’t have much to complain about. Okay, I’m totally going to complain about the bug trying to escape my belly. Seriously child, that nonsense hurts!
Thanks for listening to my story. I hope it was worth the wait 🙂