Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.


Transition to Full Time Daycare

I recently had to make the decision to put my daughter into daycare full time. She has been in drop care which I have to schedule her for in advance. Up until about 2 weeks ago it was simple. I called ahead for the days I needed her in there and she got booked. Now, I guess since school has started, there are no open positions.

My mom saved me this week by meeting us in Wilmington Wednesday night to take Abi for a couple days because I couldn’t get her into daycare. When I called to make reservations for next week they told me they were booked again so I panicked. My only option was to enroll her in full time care. It probably doesn’t seem like a big deal but it is since I only work about 17  hours a week. Her drop care was taking about half of my paycheck so it was barely worth it for me to work. Now that she is in full time care it’s more expensive. So now I have to change my job.

The tough thing about being a military wife is that finding a job is a stressful and cut throat process. Having a degree doesn’t mean anything in this area. I read an article a while back that stated the best jobs for military wives and they included things like direct sales, babysitter, retail, and some other basic jobs. I don’t think I have ever been so excited for my husband to get out of the military before. I want to stop changing jobs and start my career already.

Any one have suggestions for jobs that are mother friendly? Please share. 

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