My Original Motivation for this SitePosted by Mom at 3:09pm in The WOHM Years
Back in April 2004, I learned that I was pregnant with our sixth child. That was all the motivation I needed to finally stay home after the baby was born.
A few weeks after we found out, I called the HR contact at my company to inquire about the maternity leave policy. The man rattled off the standard “six weeks for regular delivery” and “eight weeks for c-section”. I think he was afraid to say, “vaginal” but that’s ok.
The kicker was that after the delivery, I would go on short-term disability and only receive 66% of my weekly salary. Amazing. I thought of all the work I do after hours and the crazy calls at home -like the board member who called on a Saturday night needing help logging on to AOL (his son’s AOL at that). All the work I don’t log or really complain to anyone about, because I’m happy to provide the value-added service in order to keep my job.
I guess it worked, because after all the layoffs this consultant is the only one still here. So it floored me that our maternity leave policy wasn’t generous, but I felt thankful that at least we got paid something. Then HR man asks me if the pregnancy was planned. Ok….that went too far. I made a snide comment that we still hadn’t figured out the cause of these mysterious pregnancies and hung up the phone.
Then the phrase, “Mom Coming Home” popped into my head. I must come home, I must find a way to stay home after this baby was born, I thought. And after about five minutes of searching domain name availability, I whipped out my VISA and momcominghome.com was registered.
Unfortunately, we miscarried the baby at 12 weeks in June. It was devastating….because we loved that little baby and were thrilled with the prospect of having a New Years baby. It seemed that God was leading me to stay home….new baby in the new year….fresh start. But He had another plan for our baby and us.
Today was our due date. It has been a long six months, and we haven’t been blessed with another pregnancy yet, but we remain faithful.
A few months after the m/c, I decided to get moving with the site and learn movable type, etc. My husband and I also decided to put the “mom coming home” savings plan into action.
So that’s how this domain name and blog came to be….those few precious weeks of pregnancy pushed us to work towards making the dream become a reality. We aren’t there yet, but we’re close.
Little angel baby…..mommy and daddy will always love you.