After 9 years of being a SAHM – “Stay at home mom”, I’ve finally returned to work and today was my first day. It’s 7:25 pm and I’m exhausted. At 3 pm, I officially hit a wall and needed to get some tea from the cafe. Being a very early bird doesn’t help so I have to try and adjust that. If I can stay up past 9 pm, it might help – just nearly impossible 🙂 No point in being up hours before the rest…. so need to work on that. My hours are around 9 (could be a few minutes after for the rush) and out at 5 pm. Going to look at the exact hours soon as I do NOT need/want a full hour lunch and a few breaks during the day.
As expected, going around the office meeting about 100 people, I will never remember all their names, their roles, etc. but I’ll do my best.
As the kids get out of school early next week, we’ve had to be creative with our child-care. For now Nils will be in Dublin for the first couple weeks while they are in camp so he can still work and get the kids at 3:30 pm from camp. Come August he’ll be gone in The Netherlands from Monday to Wednesday and we have a lovely childminder who can help us in August after her holidays. Plus how great is this – I’ll take a WEEK OFF in August – so that will help with the childcare and we might even get to have a long weekend away. But I’m working on getting my folks to come for a visit – how great would it be for them to come here for a few weeks to see the kids. They’d LOVE it to see their grandparents in their own turf.
I got home from work today and did some housekeeping – but as I’ve read on tons of sites and friends have told me… family comes first, housework second.
So lets see how this goes I’m sure it will be amazing. Some non-Mommy time I’ll get to contribute to projects, adult conversations, project manage things, take a break from the school and find some ME time!!
Wish me luck – I am sure the first few weeks, will be a struggle with meals, schedules, emotions from me and the kids. Then again after school the kids do their homework and don’t “need” me.
My youngest at 7 came to me today in near tears and said “Mommy, what about my last day of school -we won’t be able to go to the movies?” My reply, yes we can instead of the 2:00 pm movie we can see the 6 pm movie. She was also asking if I was around for Mid-Summer’s Arts day on Friday which I will not be – a sad look came on her face. Truthfully, while I want to be there to help with the project, I just can’t and this will be good for all of us!
Did I mention it’s for a leading chocolate confectionery company in Ireland – so I need to avoid the samples! 🙂
UPDATE; Exactly one week in and I’m getting more into the groove of it. I’ve got the morning routine down, and I am happy to say I am not as tired come 3 pm. Also,while I do not have the entire stuff’s names memorized yet, I am getting better and have remembered tons.