In less than 3 days, I will be back at work. Back part-time, at any rate. My mom will be looking after PK for 3 days a week for the next 2 or 3 weeks before we start her at daycare and I become a full-time employee again.
I was okay about starting back at work until yesterday, when I realized that time as I know it would cease to exist. With my mom coming down from the burbs to help out, I am essentially tied down to her public transit schedule. A schedule which SUCKS. Besically it means that I have to leave work at 4pm. This means a 7:30am start time. This would be all fine and dandy except that the earliest my mom can get to my place is 8am, even taking the earliest bus. So either I come to work later and skip lunch, or the hubby has to hang around the house to wait for my mom to arrive, thereby leaving for work later than usual. Which means he has to leave work later. Which either means PK goes to bed later or he has less time with her at home. Arrrrgh!!!
I've been told by several people that it's harde to be a working mom than it is to be a stay-at-home mom. Now I know why. How will I be able to do a good job at work if I'm so constrained on time? When will I get time to myself in the evenings, between getting meals ready for the next day and taking care of PK? When will I get time to work out? Working out is really important to my. It's my own little sanctuary time.
And what about daycare? PK starts daycare shortly after her birthday and that's when I start working full-time. I need to figure out a transition strategy for her so that she doesn't freak out completely on her first full day. So much to do, and so little time!
My one reassurance on this whole thing is the fact that the hubby is 120% supportive and is willing to work through this together. Also, it's only for a few weeks. I have a feeling that we'll be moving PK to daycare 4 days a week instead of 3 to make things more manageable (and to avoid killing my mom). We'll see. I guess we'll survive. Somehow. Others do it, so why can't we?
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