Category Archives: Working Mom

Back in the Saddle Again

I realize it’s been a little longer than normal since my last post.  Between C’s 3rd birthday party (which was awesome and I will share all the details with you in my next post),Baby B getting sick (awful), and school starting, things have been a little hectic, to say the least!

Not to mention that, I did it;  I took the job.  I start a week from today and I couldn’t be more nervous… or more excited.

On one hand, I am looking forward to something that is mine.  Something I get to do that isn’t all about the kids, or at least my kids.  I am excited to have something to work for and prepare for… But I am nervous about leaving Baby B.

I know, 12 hours a week is not really that much time away, but it is more time than I have ever spent away from the kids.  I know he’ll be just fine, especially since he will be with my parents and in-laws; he’s going to be so spoiled with love and attention… That makes me happy.

It also makes me happy that I will be working right next door to C’s classroom.  (And by right next door I mean, literally, right next door.  His classroom is right next to the music room.)  I like that I get to be so involved in C’s schooling and, eventually, Baby B’s too.

I know that once I get into a routine and I settle in at work, I am going to love it.  It just seems so overwhelming right now.  I want to do well, not just for me, but my boys; all three of them :)  I want them to be proud of me.  I want to be proud of me.

I will keep you posted as to how things are going.  My lesson plans are set and my classroom is in order. Now, I just need to practice.  I want to be overly prepared when I walk in next Wednesday morning.  Wish me luck!

Back to Work?

It has been almost three years, to the day, since I stopped working.  I stopped a week before C was born and never went back.

My decision to stay home was a no-brainier.  While I did ok, financially speaking, living just outside of Manhattan where child care was a fortune, it just didn’t pay.  Besides, I really wanted to be the one to raise my son; I am lucky that I could.

I always thought that I would stay home until our youngest started kindergarten and then look for something part-time that would allow me to be home when the kids get on and off the bus.  That was the plan…

And then a facebook post, two weeks ago, changed everything.

I happen to follow the Facebook page of the school where C attends and two weeks ago a post popped up on my newsfeed:

Music teacher needed.

Funny enough, I had just gone to lunch with a girlfriend and we were discussing the kinds of jobs we would look for when the time came to get back into the workforce.  My answer:

Something with music or theater.  Maybe teaching children music or theater.

Those were my exact words; I swear.  At the very least, I needed to see what this job was all about.

As it turns out the old music teacher was leaving on very good terms.  The job was running both the music program and the Mommy-and-Me program.  12 hours a week.

I decided to put my name in the running  and find out more.  To be perfectly honest, it is the perfect job for me, next year(emphasis on next).  Next fall, at two, Baby B will start school there and then it would be the perfect job.

I need another year, but in another year will a job like this come along again?–Probably not.

Two interviews later, I learned that I would only need to work 12 hours a week and I could make my own schedule.  My parents thought it was an amazing opportunity and said they would watch B for me.

So, here I am, two weeks later…

They offered me the job.

Am I really ready to go back to work.?  Are we ready for me to go back to work?