I have been a stay at home mom, ever since Sam turned two and we were waiting for Rachel to arrive. And as hard as it has been at times, I have so appreciated the fact that I've been able to be home with my kids for this stage of their lives.
As of September, Rachel will be in school full-time (because that's how Kindergarten works in our province), and people have been asking what my plans are. Honestly, my plans were to paint the living room, bathroom, and office, and enjoy being able to take a sick day without having to try and care for kids at the same time. Oh and run errands whenever I wanted without interruptions. They were grand plans, I tell you.
However, at the end of May, a man in our church, who is the editor for our national church's magazine, came up to me and offered me a job. It's a one year position covering a maternity leave and it's the job I did for about three years in the early 2000s. I thought about it a lot and then, with some excitement and some nerves, called and said, "Yes, thank you. I accept."
So one week from tomorrow my time as a stay at home mom is done, for now. sniff :( It's a little earlier than I had anticipated (hello starting work in the summer when my kids are both home), but the current person didn't consult with me when planning her baby's due date. Inconsiderate of her, I know!
The upside of this job is that it's something I'm interested in, it's mostly a work from home, set your own hours kind of position, and it's only for a year. And, except for some time this summer, the kids won't have to be in childcare. Plus, I get paid :)
The downside is that it's full-time (37.5 hours a week) and I'm going to have to learn to get up early every weekday. Like 5:30am early. And I'd already committed to leaving the province a few times, and doing some childcare for friends in August, so I'm going to be working around that. Fun times.
I told Dave that I want to do some exciting things with the extra money like pay into my RRSPs, put some extra towards our mortgage, and refinish the floors in our house. Okay, at least one of the things is exciting :)
However the painting of the living room will have to wait...
Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go.