Work Out of the Home Mom.
Yep, that’s me.
Loud and proud.
I commend and respect Stay At Home Moms for doing what I consider one of the toughest jobs in the world. A job that is 24/7 around the clock, with little to no recognition/compensation/etc. that most conventional jobs offer. But, personally, I knew going into TTC, pregnancy, and motherhood journey that I would be a happier me and a better mom as a working mom. It’s something I’ve known at my core since before I got married or decided to grow our family. Regardless, it doesn’t make it easy to say that I have only one week left of my 3 month+ maternity leave. Where does the time go?
One of my mama friends told me that one of the worst countdowns in her life was the last week ’til the end of maternity leave. I’d been fighting that feeling of dread for weeks as I came into the last month of maternity leave. I knew I’d be facing that worst countdown shortly. Alas, the only thing that made me forget the unavoidable feeling was knowing that we are fortunate enough to have my mom be A’s primary caretaker. Mr.Dubs and I decided during our house hunt in 2009, to stay in MI because we wanted to be close to our parents and family. And as much as the economy in MI still sucks, we are so, so glad we made the decision to stay near our hometown. As our family grows, we can’t imagine what we’d do without our parents’ help and support; and especially my mom’s aid in raising A so that I can fruitfully grow my career and continue to help support our family financially.
As if that wasn’t a big enough blessing, I got an unexpected surprise to make this transition back to work one of the most seamless, easiest changes in my life.
When I took A into my office a few weeks ago for a “meet & greet,” my boss offered a flexible schedule of working remotely! Prior to our pregnancy, my job already allowed me to work from home once a week (Thursdays), then during pregnancy I was able to work from home on/off regularly and worked remotely throughout the last month before my maternity leave. While I was thinking about asking for a second work from home day, I didn’t expect such a generous offer! So, as it stands today, I’ll probably do a 2 in office/3 at home work week! Monday, Tuesdays at the office for team meetings, etc. And the rest of the week at home.
*HUGE sigh of RELIEF*
Needless to say this makes my life so much easier (pumping, commute, being away from A) and thus makes Mr.Dubs’ life even easier! We are both thrilled and so grateful that we are able to have this situation especially while A is still so young. I am so happy that I’ll be able to work and still be a part of A’s day life too.
Ok–enough with the bragging. Thanks for sharing in my elation.