Working in a newsroom was something I dreamed of since that first Journalism 101 class. I pictured the day when chaos would erupt in Las Vegas, and I would be part of a team that would deliver a solid, compelling story that would keep viewers glued to their screens. When writing dummy homework scripts, I dreamed about the day I'd turn on the TV, and hear anchors read my words. During my internship, I couldn't wait for the chance to coordinate a live newscast from the control booth.
I had the wonderful opportunity to have those experiences and several more during my 3 years as a producer at FOX5. There was hardly a dull day (except after major holidays!). Working in a newsroom kept my mind going a million miles per hour, always keeping on top of dozens of stories and newscast elements. I loved knowing what was going on around town, whether it was new attractions or the latest scandals. On breaking news days, there were moments when big decisions has to be made in seconds, especially on air. Those made for some exciting shows!
Which is why the silence in my house is eerie right now.
It won't be quiet for too long. My sweet son is napping right now. I've already cleaned the living room, loaded the dishwasher, brushed the dog, played on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
I realized it's been a long time since I've just sat and taken in the silence.
Life is slower outside the newsroom. I get up, take care of my baby, clean up when he sleeps, and contemplate what project I should work on that I've put off for years. Some days I meet with other moms and babies, other times I catch up with a friend for lunch.
Most of the time, I'm hanging out with my 7 month old. He likes tickles, songs, stories, and cuddling on the couch. I like taking him to new places and introducing him to new people. I love researching new things to try with him, and watching him grow into a little boy with a big personality.
There's days when I see breaking news, and wish I could read the arrest report or get all the details that don't make it to air. There's a part of me that still thinks in on vacation and I'll be back in on Monday.
But I know for me and my family, the decision to take a break from the professional world was the best for us. I love being with my darling baby! Being a SAHM might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but for this season in my life, it works.
I'm excited for the future. I look forward to giving back to the community through volunteer work. I can't wait to do some freelance work now and then.
But mostly, I love these lazy summer afternoons with this little boy.