Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hi, Ho,The Derry-O, It’s Off To Work We Go

The day has arrived.

Today I will return to my job as a Teaching Assistant at my University. After dinner this evening, I will pack up my purse (!!!) and school bag, leave the diaper bag at home, and head to campus to lead two seminars with twenty students each. And I’ll do the same thing each Tuesday night for the next 12 weeks.

Many people have asked me if I’m ready. If I’m looking forward to it. If I’m dreading it. Honestly, I don’t know how to answer that. It is what it is. I’m not eagerly excited for it but I’m also not stewing and stressing over it. It’s happening. And that's that.

I am looking forward to Evalyn having an opportunity to be away from me a few hours a week. I think it will be healthy for us. Thankfully, most of that time she’ll be able to be with her Daddy.

To be honest, this job is so ideal for me right now. Since I wasn’t working full time when I was pregnant, I didn’t qualify for maternity leave. I finished up grad school a few months before she was born so now I have a fresh, unused degree in my pocket. But I’m not ready to go to work full time. Heck, I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready for that – although it will likely have to happen sometime soon(ish). So for now, this set up is perfect. It enables me to bring in a little extra cash while still spending the majority of time at home with my Little. I will be going to campus one night a week for my seminars and the rest of my work can be done from home. It looks to me as though I’ll be able to keep up with it during nap times, but I also know I have a handful of people to call on if I need an uninterrupted morning to work.

So if you have a minute, send up a little prayer for us (me) today as we start this new endeavour.

13 comments:

Nicole said...

Sounds like a perfect arrangement! Enjoy it! You will be amazed at the changes in both Evan and Evalyn by just letting them be alone together, to work out their relationship. It will be priceless!

Katie said...

Let me just say....isn't packing up a purse glorious sometimes? It's a weird feeling.

Anyway---remember I left E for that class I took for 14 weeks starting when she was almost 4'ish months...and it was SO SO good for me (and D) to get his hands 'dirty' literally, and just get a handle on her night routine.

Made him a billion times more confident and he LOVED the daddy/baby time.

It'll be great.

But, I know for a mom it can be rough at first. Praying for you, hun.

This Texas Momma said...

You will do fabulous! Good luck tonight!

Kristin said...

Good luck!

Jackie said...

Blessings on this new chapter...

Brooke said...

yes ma'am you got it.

Aunt Shelley said...

I'm sure I've been called a handful before...but I'm ready for that phone call to be Eva's playmate for a few hours...can't wait!!

SnoWhite said...

Awesome set up, friend!! I'm excited for you.

Brittany Ann said...

Once I go back to work, I'm going to have to be away from my baby for a max of 2 hrs a day. And he/she's not born yet, and I'm already nervous about it.

And I feel silly, because so many women have way bigger burdens of working away from their kids all day.

My baby can come with me to about 75 percent of the hours I work. And I've already got an amazing babysitter (and a good friend here) lined up to watch baby for two hours every afternoon.

But it's hard. You're being stronger than me already. Good for you!

Taryn said...

You can do it! I am excited for you that you will actually get to use your brand new degree. Awesome possum.

Erica said...

Good luck! It's not easy, but it's awesome that this is working out for you. How wonderful that she'll get to be home with her daddy too, no worries about daycare! I'm so jealous of all of you SAHMs, but I'm sure you're a tad bit antsy to get out of the house and have some adult time too. I hope it goes great for all of you!

Erin said...

that is awesome.. I think this will be great for you.. a few hours away will be nice :)

Jackie said...

hope it went well!