It pours. Yeah, I know. Currently in the great PacNW it is snowing, and you know what that means?!! Two inches of snow and the state goes down in “emergency lock down” mode. Government agencies, schools, colleges and the like all shut down. Two inches folks! Plus, we make national news for those lame two inches because of all the Wuck Fads out there that can’t drive in said snow. Thus, I stay home and stay safe, out of the asshat drivers way.
Before Sunshine, I never batted an eyelash regarding returning to work after having a baby. It was a foregone conclusion.
Here I sit, eight months in with a beautiful little girl, and I haven’t gone back. On the one day (Seriously, only one day) that I felt like “Man, I need to be doing something else. I need to have a life besides just being a mommy,” I ended up applying for two different jobs that happened to pop up and that I would totally have wanted and enjoyed doing. I still feel I would enjoy these jobs… but I have changed. My goals professionally may be the same, but an added factor has taken priority and really is more important to me right now than pursuing this professional career. Who knew having a kid would change a person? I still am involved in a semi-professional choir (who happens to be the Chorus for a Broadway musical coming to our area!). I still am involved in disability advocacy work, though in a much more limited fashion. I still love to read, to write, and to help others. But my focus was changed forever when Sunshine came along.
It is hard hanging around my friends who have gone back to work (especially the ones who never ask me what I’ve been up to because
obviously since I am at home there is nothing new happening in my life. So they never ask, and go on talking about their work lives and so on. It’s like I don’t share anything in common with them anymore because I am not working but staying at home and being a mom. I’m treated as if I have nothing to contribute to their discussions). I have begun to find others who share the work life I currently have and share my day-to-day trials of being a SAHM. My old friends will always be there, but for my own sanity it is good to have people to talk to about what I go through during the day.
Sigh. I digress. I have learned that with change comes decisions. Some big and some small. I didn’t fully put my heart into applying for those jobs, but guess what? When you don’t truly want something, it comes along and offers you a chance. Now you are forced to decide between something you could want, and what your heart is telling you to accept. Yep. Both jobs I was called in to interview for. In this tough economy, I think this is great and this means my resume rocks!! I actually didn’t go to one interview because realistically, driving 1 1/2 hours to work, ONE WAY, would totally bite the big one. And this is on good days of traffic in the Puget Sound. Not. Going. To happen.
The other position, well… I have been in for not one, but two interviews. It is down to me and one other person. I could totally do this job and it is temporary. Only an 11 month position to go in and clean house for the disability services department at a local community college that is only about 10 minutes away from where we live. SWEET!!!! I thought it was the perfect situation because they have a onsight day care so I could continue nursing and visit when I needed to. A sign of the times, however, as they lost funding for the 1 month-12 month infant program, and thus cannot take Sunshine until she is one year old. This is the status of a lot of day cares in the area. She is 8 1/2 months old right now. That means trying to find a place that could take her for 3 months.
I hate to say this folks… but it is not looking good. I love my kid, as so many parents love their children. I grew up with my own past issues of being left with people I didn’t know countless times as my mom had to travel down to Sacramento or San Fran when my brother was in the hospital for whatever reason at the time. I was left with a grandfather who was a pedophile and we don’t need to go into details there. We know what happened. So, I have trust issues with my own family let alone trusting complete strangers. I want my daughter near me. I want to continue to watch her grow and see as much of it as possible. I do NOT want someone else to tell me she walked for the first time, or said a new word. I want to BE THERE for those milestones. I am not able to leave her just yet. I am not able to let go when she clings so much to me as she learns new things.
Would it be different if the day care actually did take Sunshine? Would I be able to say yes? I probably could. This job would get us out of the “red” financially. I am lucky to have a hubby who supports me no matter what. He is reluctant to truly say what he thinks I should do, but then again, neither of us have an answer as to what to do for the 3 months before Sunshine could go to the college’s daycare. We have lots of friends that returned to work, but their family members are caring for their kids. We do not have family nearby to take care of Sunshine.
So it is down to this: Anyone have any ideas as to what we should do for daycare? Anyone have any advice as to what I should say if offered the job?