As a new mom, I think I'm supposed to feel guilty for going back to work. But, I don't. I like my work and I love my co-workers. Naturally,I don't love them as much as I love tadpole, but still ...
So, tadpole is in daycare at our church. I say "our church" somewhat loosely, because while we're members and donate, we don't have the best attendance record. The daycare at our church has a great reputation and tadpole's in a new infant classroom. There are 8 munchkins with two adults in the classroom at all times. Miss P is our lead teacher and she's been there for 18 years. Seriously. She bought a doll for tadpole on Tuesday. We love Miss P. And tadpole has great days there.
Do I miss her? Sometimes. But we go home and walk, play on the floor, have a bottle and ease into our night. She has great mornings with her daddy ... I love to wake up to sound of her babbling away to him at 6 or 6:30. (i have night duty, he has a.m. duty)
I think I'm a better mom because I work. I don't really know how NOT to work. That said, I have wonderful friends who stay home with their kiddos and they are fantastic moms. I don't think working or staying at home defines whether or not you're a good mom. These mommy wars are ridiculous.
So, this is my first full week back in the saddle. I'm glad I took a month to ease into it. I'm glad tadpole stayed with her grandmothers during my transition back. And, I'm happy to be back at work fully contributing to my team. Is it exhausting? Yes. But, so was staying home.
So, here's to ALL you moms out there - working or staying at home. Slainte! On this beautiful St. Paddy's Day! (and, yes, I even remembered to dress tadpole and myself in green ... although I forgot a green dish for potluck).