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Friends have asked if I have regrets leaving work, if I’m finding it hard staying home and if I’m busy. Lauren and Will try my patience daily, whether it be the refusal to put on pants or not replying when I ask a question three times over. And lately, Will is up nights, almost as if he’s a newborn again. I’m tired most of the time, and I’m drinking more coffee than I ever did at my full-time job.

That being said, I wouldn’t change a thing (well, maybe the late nights). I love my days with the kids. It’s been wonderful to deliver Lauren to preschool and not have to rush anywhere. Will can stay and play for a bit, and when it’s time to leave the classroom, the two of us run errands together, play baseball in the driveway or hang out at the local coffee shop. One day, while strolling down Main Street, he declared, “Mommy, we are happy!” He couldn’t have said it better.

Will takes long naps in the afternoon, so that’s when Lauren and I spend time together. She’s tired and cranky after school, which is never fun, but post lunch, she’s ready for anything. We’ve been doing a lot of baking lately. I have to remind Lauren not to put her fingers in the batter, or lick the sugar off the table, but generally, she keeps herself in check. She also likes to do arts and crafts. I’ve found I have a flair for making construction paper people and figures, so that’s what we create most of the time. This week we made a movie star version of Lauren’s aunt, two delivery trucks and a Thomas the Tank Engine for Will, which I’m particularly proud of.

Thomas the Tank Engine by Yours Truly

Thomas the Tank Engine by Yours Truly

Lauren's ice cream delivery truck

Lauren's ice cream delivery truck

When the kids are not at home, I’ve been diving into work. I feel guilty because I accepted a copywriting job, which I said I would not do. But I feel better knowing I’m contributing in some way, and as far as copywriting gigs go, this one is as good as it gets. My client is flexible and I can tell him up front when I’m having a crazy week. And he pays on time, which is a rare treat for a writer.

I’ve made a promise to myself to pitch at least two stories a week to magazines, and I’m hoping an assignment will come. Next week I’m headed to Boston to talk with some writing peers and a former boston.com editor about pitch letters in general. Sending a story idea to a magazine is similar to drafting a cover letter for a job—the process is time consuming but necessary. And like applying for a job, you never know if or when you’ll hear back. I figure the more I put out there, the more chance I have of something happening.

So do I have regrets? Not yet. I miss clothes shopping in Freeport during lunch. I miss seeing some of my friends. And I still worry about being poor and on the street. But for the most part, as my son would say, we are happy.

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