Before I begin, let me explain the abbreviations.
SAHM: Stay At Home Mom
WAHM: Work At Home Mom
FTWM: Full-time Working Mom
PTWM: Part-time Working Mom
There are soooo many articles on the Internet about which type of mom is better or best yada yada yada. So I'm not gonna jump into that bandwagon. Just wanna imagine how life would be if I experience every type.
If I'm a SAHM...
I'd be the happiest person on earth! (I think.) I was a SAHM for the first three months after giving birth. It wasn't easy. As a first-time mom, surviving the first few months is the trickiest but I treasure those moments very much. One more thing, I always look forward to long stretches of public holidays. E.g. during the recent lunar new year holidays, I re-lived my SAHM dreams for six full days! :D
If I'm a WAHM...
I'd be somewhat happy too. Currently, sometimes I can work at (from) home upon my boss' approval and under certain circumstances, e.g. baby isn't feeling well. Working at home while taking care of a 6-month old can be tricky but it's undeniably rewarding too. It's like having the best of both worlds. I feel proud being able to fulfill work requirements while breastfeeding my little one.
If I'm a FTWM...
I'd be, ummm, not that happy. Full-time work means 9 hours away from my baby plus another 2 hours of driving (to and from work). It's heartbreaking. I'm not prepared to get back to work for so many hours yet. Sobs.
If I'm a PTWM...
Well, I'm one now. I work on Tuesdays to Fridays, 10am-5pm. But I only earn 60% salary. This working arrangement is very good. I hope I can continue this mode for a longer period of time. Gotta discuss more about this.
So, I'm currently a PTWM on Tuesdays to Fridays, a SAHM on Saturdays to Mondays and public holidays, and a WAHM if need arises.
The image below describes my sentiments perfectly.
True, I don't miss a thing! I love being a mom! :)