September 16, 2014
My First Day...
I am back at work. I was home for two years and yet it feels like it happened so quickly. Time is weird. Anyway, yesterday I woke up early, did a quick workout, showered and got dressed up, and took the train into the city. I realized I hadn't taken the train for work since before the kids were born, and it felt like a luxury. A half-hour of quiet thought. After a quick stop at Starbucks, I made it to the office, met about a hundred people, forgot most of their names (I wish I didn't suck so bad at that), and spent the day getting set up.
It felt good.
At the end of the day, I also found out where I will be assigned, and I'm happy with the opportunity. It starts next week, and preparations have begun, so work will pick up speed quickly. That's definitely the best thing for someone who's been out of practice for a while. I need to jump in with both feet as quickly as possible!
On the homefront, my husband has taken over the morning duties, and I will cover the evenings. He will have breakfast with the boys, make lunches, and drop them off at school. I will handle dinner, baths, bedtime, and preparing for the next day. It feels like a good balance for now (after 1 day - ha!), and I hope it lasts.
The boys are handling it all in stride, although my heart did ache a bit when Aaron decided to rank all the caregivers in his life by how much time he spends with them. He said, "teacher, sitter, dad, mom". WHAT!? So I helped him with the math and clarified that if I'm home before 5:30, it goes "teacher, MOM, sitter, dad". If I'm home after 5:30 then the sitter beats me, so you better believe I'm going to make it my mission to be home before then every night.
So that's my update. I'm in a new phase, meeting new people and learning new things. It's exciting, and I'm choosing to remain optimistic that we're all going to be able to balance everything. Here goes nothing.