Working while the kiddo is sick…

Today was kind of a tough one for me. Yesterday I got to stay home with Miss A while she was sick. Yesterday she woke up running a fever with a bad cough, so we stayed home and watched movies and ate soup and snuggled. She usually bounces back quickly, so I was kind of surprised when she was still sick today. I only have one sick day left until August, so in the interest of saving it, Mr. Dad took over and stayed home.

 Read more

Oops, I caught the mom guilt

This weekend at church, the main topic of discussion was about regrets, and the “what ifs” and “so whats” of our lives, and one thing that the speaker said really hit home. She said, “Parenthood is a crash course in guilt.” When she said this, I chuckled, because for all of the good intentions, all of the research and debating and positive thinking, as a parent you always worry, “Was it the right decision?” or “Did I do the best I could?”

 Read more

The End of Maternity Leave

One year ago today, I returned to work after a seven-week maternity leave. Miss A went to daycare for the first time four weeks later, when Mr. Dad’s paternity leave ended. (No, his leave didn’t last longer…he just saved his for when I returned to work so Miss A could stay home longer.) It’s a strange thing to reflect on.

 Read more

What I Love About Being a Working Mom

I’ve just returned to work after having a week off, and I have to admit, in spite of the fact that we moved, and Miss A went to daycare for a couple of days that week so we could move, I thoroughly enjoyed my week of being a “stay at home mom”.

 Read more

Petition to End Working Mom Guilt

I’ve read a lot of mommy blogs lately about the guilt surrounding being a working mom. Having been there myself when I first returned to work after Miss A was born, I understand why it happens. You return to work, people ask you why, they ask you how you can stand leaving your child to be “raised by someone else” (ugh), why doesn’t your husband earn enough that you can stay home, or worst of all, why are you so selfish that you want to return to work (yes, selfish for wanting to provide for your family).

 Read more

It’s Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day…

…and the halls here are filled with the sound of silence.

 Read more

New UK Law Promotes Flexible Work Schedules

As reported by Web Worker Daily, a new law in the UK allows workers to request flexible work schedules.

 Read more

Miss A Goes to Daycare!

Today is Miss A’s first day at daycare, and for her, it went off without a hitch. No cries, no fussing, she just took it all in stride. We got there and she just sat in the bouncer looking around, taking it all in. There was a little girl there named Rhiannon who is probably about 9 months (maybe younger, who knows…she looked small, but she was crawling and pulling herself to standing which usually doesn’t happen until they’re 9 months or older) who kept coming over to Angelica and poking at her and checking her out. Yeah, I think she’s gonna make some friends there. (Including the cute little girl whose mommy referred us!)

 Read more

I Survived the Return to Work…

So far, we’ve survived the first few days of being back at work. I won’t lie and say it’s been easy. It’s probably been the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do, to have been with Miss A day and in and day out over most of the past year (while I was pregnant and on maternity leave). I think we’re transitioning okay. She’s been hanging out with her Grandma Tammy this week and seems to be loving it, and it makes me feel good to know she’s in good hands.

 Read more