And I thought I'd have so much free time for blogging while on maternity leave.
Ha! A big fat 'ha!' I can barely get it together to brush my teeth AND wash my face. Time? There is none. And since when did time go so damn fast? That year flew by! Yup, it's been a year already. Time's up. I'm back. Back at work, back on the air as of tomorrow.
Here's the good news: I love my job. Thank goodness. Honestly, I don't know how moms who don't love their jobs do it. How do you leave your stay-at-home gig (which, by the way, for most real new moms that I know, involves very little actual staying at home!) with your brand new most favourite person in the whole world, to go back to a gig that doesn't give you any cuddles or giggles or even just a goofy little grin? How do you hand your tiny lovebug over to someone else?
Listen, I'm happy to get a break from poopy diapers but what if your kid does something really cool for the first time, like say a new word or jump up and down, and you're not there to see it. Yah, yah, they'll do it again, but someone else got to see it first. That's the hard part. There are lots of hard parts. I really thought I would never be like this. I suspected I would be jonesing to get back to work after seven months. I thought I would be bored stiff being 'just a mom.'
Turns out -nope! There were lots of things I missed about my job -the fun, the friends, but I was so enraptured in the day to day minutiae of taking care of my daughter (I still get a thrill from saying, 'my daughter') and the time passed so quickly. Ok, so maybe I wasn't always enraptured with the poop, the barf, the drool, the teething, the all night feedings, the screeches -who knew such a wee thing could scream so loud?? But the good always outweighed the bad.
I have definitely been craving some mental stimulation. Many of my words have now been replaced with strange, descriptive sounds. I am that inarticulate. Which should make being back on the radio....er.....entertaining? Well, we'll find out tomorrow morning!
I'm back from Babyland and more grateful than ever to have a job I love.