December 21, 2008 by Kailani  
Filed under flight attendant stories, random thoughts

Like the other pregnancies, DH and I decided that I wouldn’t work during this time. You just never know about turbulence and germs and unruly passengers. Not to mention what the pressurization does to the water bottles. Can you imagine what it’s doing to your body?

So this past weekend was my very last flight for the next 2 years. Yes, our company allows us to take up to 14 months of maternity leave with the option to extend for another 6 months. It’s one of the reasons I love my job.

The only problem is . . . I really do love my job and I’m going to miss it. With all the time I spend flying and on layovers it’s almost like my second home. In fact, this last trip was with two of my best friends and we spent our layover in Seattle shopping, eating, and playing in the snow. When it was time to board our shuttle to the airport, I didn’t want to leave. It was a very sad moment when I realized that I wouldn’t be coming back for a while.

So now I’m on to a new chapter of my life as a true SAHM. It’s going to be an adjustment but I’m looking forward to it. After all, now I’ll have tons of time to blog!

About the author:
Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.


37 Responses to “SAHM Mom”
  1. AmyG says:

    Wow… 2 yrs?? That’s amazing! Enjoy staying home! I’m sure the will probably fly by for you.

  2. Krista says:

    Wow, you basically get to stay home until your baby is 1. That’s really nice!
    You’ll find lots of things to fill your time I’m sure… ;)

  3. Grace @ Sandier Pastures says:

    I wish for the day to come to be an SAHM, even for a while. Maternity leave here in Dubai is just 90 days! Ninety!! Then I can extend for another 90 but without any pay. How can I leave a 90 day old infant!? It’s crazy.

    I’m so happy for you Kailani. I know you’ll have a grand time at home and would be sad to leave when it’s time to work!

  4. BlapherMJ says:

    I’m sure that was bittersweet…. Wow – 2 years. I only had 6 weeks with my first two children (can you imagine?!) and a whopping 16 weeks with my youngest…. What a blessing for you!

  5. Mozi Esme's Mommy says:

    Here’s to the next phase of your life!

    And you might want to think again about lots of time to blog. From experience, there is NEVER enough time!

  6. mannequin says:

    You are quite fortunate (and I’m sure you realize that) in that you will be able to return. Since you KNOW you will be able to return, you are allowed the luxury of enjoying this new world.
    I’m sure you are going to love it! And congratulations on the pregnancy!!

  7. Alyson says:

    Wow, what a wonderful job! Missing your travels, adventures and fun would be hard. Maybe you can still plan a few “ground” trips!
    I (we) adopted a 24 month old and had to save vacation time, no benefits! I was off ten weeks and it was hard going back. The good news is that my DH is the SAHD!
    Much happiness to you!!

    Merry Christmas,
    Alyzabeth’s Mommy of Three Months!
    Forever Family Day 09/16/08

  8. LuAnn says:

    Now I’ll just have to have more time to read! :) I was working at a PD during my last pregnancy and they were finally letting us do ride-ins w/the officers, but of course, I wouldn’t have done it in that condition. *sigh*

  9. Desert Songbird says:

    Sounds like you have the best of all worlds – a chance to be home with the girls, and something to look forward to. It’s a win-win!

  10. Queen-sized funny bone says:

    Lucky you, enjoy it.

  11. Wendy says:

    Wow! 2 years! That’s incredible! Congratulations by the way! When did I miss the I’m pregnant post??

  12. Sheila says:

    I’m excited for you and your family! Wishing you blessings and Mele Kalikimaka!


  13. Cat @ 3 Kids and Us says:

    Sounds like you’ve got a great job and maternity plan! Being home is an adjustment but I’m sure you’ll do fine.

    I just flew at 29 weeks…not fun at all and would never do it again. Something about the landing messed with me, we came down pretty quickly, and I just about passed out and couldn’t stop myself from crying…it was terrible.

  14. Carey says:

    Welcome to being a full time SAHM.
    I for one will be looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  15. Michelle says:

    That is awesome! Congrats, and enjoy the time.

  16. TheAngelForever says:

    That is an amazing perk from your airlines. I hope you enjoy this time at home with your girls while you wait for the new little one. Enjoy the wild world of being a SAHM.

  17. Renee says:

    You have an awesome job! I’m glad that you’re able to take that much time off.

    I’m sure you’ll adjust to your new lifestyle just fine…and we’ll all enjoy all your new funny posts. And lots more time for product reviews!

  18. Dee says:

    i know you will miss work, but it will be there waiting for you when you come back. Meanwhile on to other things in your life. Time for you to take on some other challenges that you couldn’t do to time.

    Best to you!

  19. Summer says:

    2 Years?!? That’s incredible! I know you’ll miss work but you’ll be back to it in no time. :)

  20. Melissa says:

    2 years? Wow… that’s awesome!
    It’s never easy to set aside something that you love, but you will get to go back to it. And being a SAHM is fun! :)

  21. Forgetfulone says:

    That’s incredible that they will let you take such a long time off. I never really thought about it, but flying frequently would probably be hard on the pregnancy. I know you’ll miss it, though.

  22. desi says:

    It’s been 6 months since I started staying home. I miss adult interaction :)
    But I love watching him grow & learn, and getting to be the one who teaches him.

  23. jodi @ bpr says:

    that’s awesome that your co. allows you so much time! good for you that you’re willing to sacrifice something you enjoy so much to spend time taking care of your family! we’ll enjoy your extra presence here :)

  24. Jen @ One Moms World says:

    Awww.. I know it did have to be bittersweet. That is extremely nice for your company to do that. Enjoy your SAHM days :)

  25. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor says:

    You are very lucky to be working for such a good company. It is nice to know you will be spending more time blogging. You are certainly good at it!

  26. Muthering Heights says:

    Ummm, what DOES the pressurization do to water bottles?!?

  27. Tarasview says:

    I bet your girls are going to be thrilled to have you home all the time :)

  28. Pamela says:

    this is going to be very intereseting

  29. Jenni Jiggety says:

    Wow! That is terrific! :-D It’s a big change but you know two years will go by in a snap. Enjoy every moment!

  30. Louise says:

    I glad you enjoyed the snow we don’t get it that often.


  31. Jennifer says:

    Welcome to the world of SAHMs. It is wonderful and tiring and the best!

  32. Melissa Markham says:

    We will miss your airline stories, but what a blessing that you can take that much time off!

  33. Cathy | Mommy Motivation says:

    I completely relate! It is hard to leave all those things that make your adult life so complete! Hopefully this will be temporary, and there will be lots of good things to fill your time. A word of caution – remember to keep in touch with other grown-ups! It is too easy to loose contact with the “outside world”! lol

    Take good care of yourself!

  34. Holly Schwendiman says:

    Awww {hugs} hon! At least you have so many great shoulders to rub here online!


  35. Kila says:


    I kind of wondered about that, how safe it would be to work as a flight attendant while pregnant. Glad you are able to take time off.

    Switching to being home full-time is a very hard transition, one I never really got used to, even after several years! I hope you can enjoy your time at home!

  36. Tamy ~ 3Sides of Crazy says:

    WOW that’s an awesome option from your company and it will go by sooooooooooo fast with the little ones. Congratulations again on the pregnancy.

  37. A Maui Blog says:

    Enjoy it Kalani. I wish I have the same “privilege” to be able to stay at home with my kids. But I also understand what you are saying…


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