Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Bittersweet (but mostly SWEET) Year in Review

A year ago this week I was dreading the new year more than I have ever dreaded anything else in my life. I prayed that 2008 would never come. For, with 2008 came not only a new year, but my return to work. I had spent 4 wonderful months at home with my daughter and wanted nothing more than to stay home with her forever. She had started smiling and was really beginning to show her personality, it was the perfect time NOT to go back to work. But, unfortunately, the bills said otherwise and go back to work I did. The first day was miserable, the second not any better, and so on. They say it gets easier but I haven't found that to be my experience. I think a more accurate description would be that you get used to it. You eventually realize that it is something you have to do, crying doesn't help the situation, and you do it. I was, and am, a teacher so at least the work hours are good and holidays are excellent. That's what I kept reminding myself those first months back. If I had to work, this was the job to do. I had also been extremely lucky and blessed to find such a wonderful person to care for EG. I knew she was well taken care of during the day when I couldn't be there. Fast forward a bit...over the last year I have enjoyed many wonderful times with my family including our first trip to the beach, second trip to the beach, hundreds of little milestones, 11 new teeth, my three year anniversary with my husband, my first summer home with EG, EG's first birthday, a wonderful Christmas, and more wonderful things than this blog has room for! Its amazing how a year that started out so down has turned into the best year of my life! It's true that in many ways I am dreading going back to work next week in 2009, but I know there are many more good things in store for me next year as well. And, hey, this week marks one successful year back at work...I made it! Whew! 2009 here we come!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Welcome to my new adventure!

Let’s face it, if you are a mom or know a mom, you know that ALL moms work. Some moms work full time raising their children, some work from home, some work part time, and some moms work full time outside of the home, like me. For my family, it was a very tough decision for me to continue working. Before having our daughter, we knew that in order to keep food on the table and our house, I would have to go back to work. However, once we had our beautiful little girl I wanted nothing more than to stay at home with her. We tried to work things out, but there was just no way I was able to stay at home. I provided for nearly half of our household income (luckily, I was able to stay at home for four wonderful months though before returning to work)! Fast forward to today…my husband and I have a beautiful 15 month old daughter who is the light and joy of our lives, I teach sixth grade at a local middle school, and my husband works as assistant controller for a local company. I wanted to create this blog to share my experience with being a working mommy and to, hopefully, offer any kind of guidance and support that I can to any mommy out there who is struggling with the decision to work or not to work. I know I needed, and still need, lots of encouragement from other working moms to keep it going each day. I’d still like to stay home with my daughter at some point but, for now…mommy works (outside of the home, that is). Welcome to the Mommy Works blog!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

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