Friday, February 4, 2011

Ch...ch...ch...Changes!

Last night before I went to bed, I checked my email one last time like I always do.  I was excited to see an email from a colleague at my previous job - the job I left to become a stay-at-home mom to Mungee.  She wanted to let me know that a temporary, 20-hour a week position was open and they wanted to consider me for the job. It took all I had not to wake up Mungee's Pa to tell him about it.  I knew he would be thrilled that I was enthusiastic about this opportunity - I'm sure he's been feeling the stress and pressure of trying to support our family with his income alone.

I immediately emailed my old boss to get the ball rolling.  The first thing I need to do is dust off and update my resume!  I don't think it's even updated with my experience from the job I left, but who knows?  Maybe once I dig around my computer to find the file I'll be surprised.

The position will only last for two to three months, but I'm okay with that.  I think it's the perfect way for me to ease back into the workforce.  Becoming a stay-at-home mom was quite an adjustment.  It took me at least a year (and some Zoloft) to feel normal again.  Tiptoeing back into a career seems like it will be better for me than jumping back into things with both feet first and my eyes closed.  I'm hesitant about jumping into the swimming pool - this is really no different.

One concern at this point is childcare for Mungee.  From what I gather about the position, there's a chance I may have the opportunity to work at home, however, if it is office-based, I'll need to figure out who will watch Mungee.  My mom said she may be able to arrange something, but she is a petsitter and that keeps her pretty busy throughout the day.  She said if necessary, she'd take Mungee petsitting with her, but I don't know how comfortable I am with that.  In Mungee's almost 18 months, the only two people who have ever driven her around are me and her Pa.  Is it silly to be nervous about entrusting her to someone else's driving? 

If you stayed at home for an extended period of time, then went back to work, how was the transition for you?
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