It's a new year, and a new semester, and that means I have to face reality and go back to work. These last three months at home with Ella have been absolutely amazing! Every ounce of me wishes that we were in a financial situation where I could just quit my job and stay home and be a full-time Mommy. But we're not there yet, so it's back to work I go. And not to toot my own horn, but I'm actually pretty good at what I do, and I know that my students miss me. Yes, Ella will miss me too, but I do feel like I am somehow contributing to society through the work that I do.
But I'm kind of freaking out about how I'm going to manage it all. I like to be organized and plan ahead, but I also realize that there are going to be plenty of unavoidable hiccups that I can't foresee. I also like to get a full night of sleep or perhaps a nap, but I don't think that's going to be the case anymore once I start putting in an eight-hour workday. I'm a little concerned about balancing my job and my responsibilities at home, so I'm trying to think ahead as much as I can.
So let me ask--what time-saving tips/secrets/advice do you have for a new Mommy who is going back to work? What are some ways that you streamline your life when you're trying to get out the door in the morning? How do you manage to balance your 40-hour-a-week job with being a good wife and a mother at home? I'd appreciate any thoughts or suggestions that you might be able to offer.
Today's blessing is the chance to hang out with our friends from church. One of the guys in our group recently joined the Air Force National Guard, so he is in Alabama for eight months of training. But he's home for the holidays, so it will be great to catch up with him. We're looking forward to celebrating the new year with great food, fellowship, and fun.