After 17 months at home with my little loves (minus those three weeks I went back to my last job…), I have gone back to work full time.
I spent several months working from home, and it.was.not.working! Trying to juggle the girls, the house, and clients without steady childcare was just too much. After a lot of soul searching, and a few panic attacks, we decided that I would look for a job.
I found an interesting position the website of a former employer. I reached out to a few contacts and a few weeks later I found myself sitting in the lobby in a new suit with a new hair cut, waxed eyebrows, and a manicure and hoping that I didn't have peanut butter in my hair as I waited for the interview to begin.
I got the job and it just felt right. We found a wonderful nanny who has made this transition far easier than I had expected. The girls love her, and I love that they have another person in their lives that can love them and bring them new perspectives and culture.
I miss the girls terribly throughout the workday, but my time at home with them is spent focusing 100% on them. So while I have less time, I have more quality time…even if they are far more interested in the contents of my purse and briefcase than they are in my smothering attention. It's not easy, but being a parent is not easy- working or not. It's just a different batch of challenges, but overall I know that we are doing the right thing.
And now, for the real reason you read this blog: