10 Tips for the Introverted SAHM


baby wearing, al hussein park, amman, jordanI was dreading returning to Amman after Piopio was born. For probably the last two weeks we were in the U.S., any time I would think about leaving, I would cry.Part of it was knowing I would really miss my family. We lived with my sister and brother-in-law for three-and-a-half months; their house in Virginia Beach was Piopio’s first home. Part of it was undoubtedly postpartum hormones. Part of it was being worried about traveling such a long distance with a 9.5-week-old infant and what felt like 900 suitcases and baby gear. And part of it was a fear that I would be isolated and lonely.Transitioning from working full time to being a full-time stay-at-home mom has been challenging. I feel like I swapped one identity for another, but this new one doesn’t quite fit.Once I got to Amman and Piopio and I started to establish somewhat of a routine, I felt much better. I wrote a piece for Scary Mommy about some of the things I did to feel more connected: “10 Tips for the Introverted SAHM.”

I’m talking about being vulnerable to rejection. So that one mom you sort of know and were hoping to schedule a playdate with never writes you back. Parents are busy. You know it’s true — you are one. Or maybe she hates you. (Unlikely.) You have no way of knowing why someone does or doesn’t respond to you in a certain way — and more importantly, you don’t have the time to waste over-analyzing why. You have a child to raise.

Read the full piece here.

Published by La Vie Overseas

I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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