I am officially ready to go back to work. Yes, I said it. Yet I'm not exactly sure if I mean it.
Yesterday's dealings with my little man put me in such a foul mood that I decided that I was done being the SAHM. I'm not sure how all of you do it-but my hat goes off to you.
Maybe given my opportunity of having time off in the summer, breaks and vacations throughout the year, limited (if need be) hours worked per day, plus the fact that I work six miles from home, I feel that I am with my son quite a bit. Don't get me wrong, when he was younger I felt guilty.
Due to wonderful planning, thanks to ivillage.com, I know exactly when my son was conceived. I could even tell you the day, date, time, and well, the how. That led me to have an August baby. I stayed at home for three months. Went back to work in November, the week of Thanksgiving, so I only worked three days that week. Three weeks later and it was time for Christmas vacation, so I was able to stay home two weeks. *On a side note, I happened to get pregnant again, however lost the baby right after the new year. By this time, my little man was five months old. A week off in March for Spring Break, and well, only two months to go until summer vacation. A summer full of fun like watching him take his first step, getting him off the bottle, and celebrating his one year birthday!
As each year went on, it certainly got easier. I was blessed to find a woman in her home that lived in the same city as me to watch my little man. It was/has been the best thing for him. The love he not only receives from her, but her older children, as well as all the other kids brings a smile to my face. The social skills gained, the manners learned, and the positive influences provided have made him who he is today. She may have fed him Cheetos before me, put him in time-out for the first time (have a picture to prove), and even got medicine down him better than me, but he always knew me as mom.
This summer has been like that first summer in 2002 I spent at home with my son. I have so many wonderful memories to look back on, and I am thankful that this particular year, they ARE happy ones!