I went back to work last week. It felt good to put on a pair of dress pants, instead of sweats. And the adult conversation was so refreshing. The best part about my setup is I’ve only gone back for part-time hours so I can still spend my days with Jacob. I work a full eight hours on Saturdays, so they have become “Dadurdays” for Jacob and Andrew which is really nice. A whole day for the two of them to bond and have fun together.
The only thing I’m finding tough is getting ready for my Thursday and Friday shifts. I have to make sure whatever activities Jacob and I enjoy end early enough to be home, give him some lunch and put him down for a nap so that I can get ready. I can’t help but think about single parents who work full time and how they get through their days. I don’t know how they do it, they’re superheros in my eyes.
I also think about working moms in general. Having to get themselves and their children ready in the morning. Dropping them off at daycare (which is so expensive it’s crazy) or school. How they make it to work on time and looking fresh every day is beyond me. I guess if I had to do it I could. But because I’m having a bit of a tough time with my easy schedule it makes me think about how strong these women are.
One other thing that’s on my mind is how good I have it here in Canada. I’ve had a whole YEAR off to be able to spend with my son. In the U.S. moms only get three months! That’s so hard. You and baby are still just getting to know each other at that stage and then you have to leave them. And for breastfeeding moms, they have to deal with either weaning their little one off at such a young age or pump while they’re at work. It makes me realize how lucky I am to be a parent in this country. We get a lot of support and encouragement to spend as much time with our infants as we can. Hopefully one day the U.S. will go the same route for mothers.