When Caden was born, I obviously had mat leave, and therefore stopped working 1 1/2 weeks before he was born. Once he was a few months old, where I could leave him somewhere for a day and not have extremely sore boobs by the end, I started coming in to work a day here and there. Starting in January of 2008, I was coming in once a week and when my mat leave ended in June, I started coming twice a week. I used to always say that once I had kids, I wouldn't be working anymore. I wanted to stay home. But I've discovered that I need to work. I love my son, and he is a very easy boy to take care of, but I found that I need the adult interaction, and I need to do other work than just house stuff. I'm not saying that when I don't work, I'm always at home, stuck in my house. We go out alot. Visiting, shopping, etc. But I take pride in my job at PVC. I am secretly happy that both of the girls hired to take over my job couldn't do it. It makes me feel important; and that no one else knows what I know.
For the month of February, I am working 3 days a week, because the other lady in the office is gone, and I have a much bigger work load. (doing invoices and payroll etc, not normally a part of my job). Not to mention that for this week and next, my Dad is also not in the office. It feels good. I like knowing all thats going on.
Now, with that said, I am not planning on ever coming back full time. I do not want my son to be at day care 5 days a week. I know I could never do that. I'm just pondering the option of coming 3 days a week. The extra money is always nice, and I have so much work to do always. I've been back 2 days a week now for 7 months and have only just recently caught up on work.
I also know that once we have another kid, working will not be a very practical option. Once you put 2 kids in day care, the take home pay drops alot. Is it worth it?
Anyway, just my thoughts while I sit here enjoying my coffee break.