Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mommy has to go to work...

Ugh, can I just say how much I hate to say those words to my son. Not that he really cares too much. He's got Daddy at home with him right now and he just gives me a cute sloppy kiss goodbye and goes about his business, but I still hate it.

Last week and this coming week I'm working full-time, which has been very helpful since we've still been waiting to hear if my husband receives unemployment benefits. It's helped put my mind at ease a little that there will at least be some money coming in.

I have it easier than some. I usually don't go to work until 3:00pm, which means that I get to spend time with my Little Guy almost all day before I leave for work. Basically I miss out on dinner and bedtime and he's sleeping for at least 3.5 hours that I'm gone. I am very thankful for that. I feel like he gets me at the best part of the day - before I've gone to work and get tired out.

I filled-in in a different part of the hospital on Friday though and worked from 7:00am - 3:300pm. Man! that gave me a different perspective! I left before he was awake and by the time I got home, I was tired. I really had to push myself to be engaging when I came home. And since I hadn't seen him all day, I wanted to put him to bed, which meant bathtime and book reading. Doesn't sound like a lot - but when you're already tired bathtime isn't really much fun.

So.... even though I don't like saying those words, I'm thankful for a few things:
1.) my Little Guy gets the best part of my day before work
2.) I usually only have to work 20 hours a week and get to spend the rest with him
3.) he's secure enough that he's not upset that I leave him for a few hours
4.) he doesn't have to go to daycare while I'm at work

and lastly....
5.) I'm thankful for my work that I can receive medical benefits and help provide for our family

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