I did it. I survived my first official week back to work. Yes, it was a short work week but it still counts. The Boy is a trooper. He did so well. We did not have to pick him up early, we did not get any emergency phone calls but there were some tears.
I cried when we dropped him and I headed off to work but I cried more when I picked him up. Tears of joy, I had missed him so much during the day. It was great to have someone deal with the diapers and the post-meal clean-ups but they also got the good stuff. I misses the cuddles, the smiles, the babbling and most of all hearing “Mom, Mama.” I miss the little stinker when I’m away from him.
It was tough juggling work and home though. Luckily, I did some planning and cooked a bunch of stuff on the weekend so dinnertime was not super stressful. I think The Boy gets too excited to eat properly. He’s distracted by toys and his friends so when we get home at the end of the day, he’s ready for a meal. He’s also riled up and ready to play with his toys so harnessing him into his high chair is challenging. I have a laptop on the kitchen table and I had the inspired idea to create a playlist on the National Film Board website. I usually turn on one of his favourite movies and this distracts him enough for me to buckle him in and get his dinner ready. I know, I know…I’m using a screen to pacify my child but it’s either that or an hour of screaming and throwing things and no dinner. I would much prefer a little less stress at the end of the day.
I’m happy to go back to work. Some things really are like riding a bike. I missed the adult interaction. This is also a new job for me so I have the added anxiety of getting to know new people but it has been great so far. I don’t waste a minute with The Boy now and I feel less guilt about having a messy house because I prefer to play with him than clean. Giggling with him is a great stress reliever.
It is a tough job, being a working mom. I do have some indispensible tools though. Mainly my pc. I plan my meals, make and manage my family calendar and generally try to get organised with it. I use every available piece of technology I can get my hands on. After The Boy goes to bed, I still cyber stalk him with the Wi-Fi camera in his room. I’ve said it before and I still believe it, use it if you got it!
I don’t have to do the back to school routine yet but for me it was back to work. One day I will be joining those parents with their tears of joy and sadness at back to school time.
|I even miss him rolling his eyes at me like this during the day. He makes up for it at bedtime.|
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