Thanks so much for your kind words and suggestions over the last week. It’s been a real whirlwind around here.
I was able to visit my mom this past weekend and after her turn for the worse last week, she’s looking a bit better. This means that instead of days/ weeks, she maybe has month(s). This is assuming that her bowels continue moving (they are moving very slowly, but they are still moving). This is a bit of a relief. This gives us a bit of time to adjust to the worsening of her health and continue to make some memories. She really wants to make memories this summer so I hope that she will be able to do that. It is also very important to her to be able to see my sister and her family who are coming over from New Zealand in June.
I have also started back at work 25-30 hours. I have definitely been having a difficult time adjusting to this. I’m hoping this will get easier as I get used to our new routine. I also hope to find the time to be able to work even more hours from home. I could have worked more over the past week but I have not been able to find the time. When the baby is up I am not really able to work so I have been trying to cram everything in during naps and after his bedtime.
The next two weeks will be especially trying as one of my staff members is going on vacation. Since my other full time staff member is currently off sick, this means that I will be manning the entire department along with two part time girls that I hired last week (high school student and university student). Thankfully, both new hires are working out wonderfully and I know with their help we will be able to stay on top of things. Still, I am a bit stressed about it and trying to figure out where I can squeeze more hours of work in.
To further complicate things, my father-in-law will be going on a trip for that second week. Since he looks after my son while I am at work, I had to quickly make some alternative arrangements. We had been planning on putting our son in part-time daycare in the fall anyways so we’ve decided to give daycare a try now instead. My son will be visiting the daycare the last three days of this week (first for one hour, then for two, etc.) and then hopefully attending four half days next week. After that, when my father-in-law is back, my son will attend daycare three days a week for 6 hours. My son is still quite young and very clingy but I have high hopes that the daycare personnel will know how to handle him. My in-laws don’t think it will go well. I figure we can at least try…
So, with all of that, I have decided to allow myself a less demanding posting schedule. Prior to returning to work, I had put up a new post each weekday and even threw a link love in on the weekend if I had particularly good links to share. Now, I am going to aim to post Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (and perhaps a link love every once in a while to spice things up a bit). Since increasing my work hours and our big internet kerfuffle, I have been stressing over my decreased amount of posts and I feel that setting a less strict post schedule will allow me to catch my breath a bit.
As I stated earlier, I am hoping that once we find a routine, my life will feel a bit less overwhelming and perhaps I will be able to resume daily posts at that point. In the meantime, wish me luck! Does anyone have any good tips to make a kids’ transition into daycare any less traumatic?