I started working again two Mondays ago. I’m only working Mondays 9-7 until December covering maternity leave for one of the vets at the practice I used to work. (This is the third maternity leave I’ve covered for this practice. I’m wondering how many more babies they can have. :) ).
This is the first I’ve worked since Penelope arrived 20 months ago. I was a little apprehensive. Sean has all three girls by himself on Mondays. I wasn’t sure how that would go. I was sure the girls and he would survive and eat, but I wasn’t so sure I wouldn’t come home to a huge mess that would take me two hours to pick up. I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish all the chores around here with one less day to do it. My biggest concern, I wasn’t sure I really wanted to go back. I like staying home. I don’t always like being a vet.
This is what I’ve found in the last two weeks. Not everything gets done that I normally do on Mondays at home, but it’s relatively picked up and manageable. The chores are all getting done somehow during the rest of the week. The girls seem to really be enjoying a day with just their daddy and I think Daddy is enjoying it too.
Also, I’m enjoying working again. It exercises my brain a little. Even though it’s the same old thing, it’s still thinking about something more stimulating than Hop on Pop. I get to talk to grown ups. I forgot how nice that can be. I’m not at work worrying about my kids. I’m comfortable being away from them for a day. That’s a big one for me.
I’ve decided relief work suits me. I get to work, see adults, see some puppies, get out of the house. Then I go home and I don’t have to deal with the annoying parts of my job. If I see an infuriating client, it’s okay because I know I won’t be their regular doctor. I can deal with them for a few weeks and then say adios. I like that a whole lot.
We’ll see how the next few months go, but I may consider doing some semi-regular relief work.
Did you go back part-time or temporarily after your kids? Did you like it?