I'm going back to work full-time.
I had toyed with the idea of going back to work if a good opportunity arose. Last week a friend emailed me to see if I'd be interested in applying for a position with a construction company on the UA campus. She had worked for them and praised them for being very family-oriented and flexible. I submitted my resume for the sake of not passing up an opportunity. I interviewed and was offered the position. This happened in the course of a few days, all while Paul was away on business.
My biggest concern has been finding excellent childcare for Joey and Charlotte. I want to put them in a church preschool, but unfortunately, most of those have waiting lists so they will be going to another school temporarily. I want my mom to retire so she can take care of my kids!
I can see many positives aspects of going back to work.
- Joey will thrive in a learning-centered preschool program. She needs stimulation that I am just not able to give. And she watches too much TV.
- Although a large portion of my take-home pay will go to childcare, there will be some left over. Extra money is good.
- The time that I spend with my kids will be quality over quantity.
- Joey has had me at home for her entire life, but I have only been home with Charlotte for 5 months, and she's just so darn cute and cuddly. She won't have the same experience as her sister.
- What if my kids hate their school?
- I struggle with meal-planning and grocery shopping already. Will we be eating hot dogs and grilled cheese for dinner every night?