"Hang on just a minute, sweetie...."
"Mommy will take you outside in just a minute...."
"Can it wait 20 minutes? Mommy needs to finish just one more audit..."
"I will be on the phone for the next hour. Can you sit quietly and watch the TV?"
Sad to say that these words have been uttered by me more times than I want to count.
Yeah, not my best parenting....
and this has been the norm more the the exception lately.
I hate that.
But, its something that goes with the territory of working from home.
To top it off, I was starting to fall behind with my work.
And I had a few people complain about the "noise" in my office during the audit.
So, D and I both tried to come up with a solution.
We started to research day cares in the area.
Wow, quality part time day care is NOT cheap.
(emphasis on quality)
Then we started looking into preschools.
We visited many.
We ran numbers.
Drive time, tuition, time in school, available hours to work, etc.
We landed on one.
It fits in the schedule.
It fits in the budget.
It's ridiculously close.
Looks like my baby starts school.
I was ready and not ready at the same time.
I secretly thanked him the first morning for being a tad clingy.
Here's the first day:
After a lot of anticipation and a lot of "Is it my day to go to school now?!?!" , the day finally arrived.
It was bittersweet.
He was really ready to go, though.
He's meeting new friends.
...exploring the world around him....
...and not home being babysat by a television while mommy works.
Now, I'm taking Tuesdays and Thursdays off just to be with him (and do MOPS).
The time we're together is more quality and much more focused on us.
He's a lot more fun when I'm not trying to put him off all the time.
Work is more enjoyable (and caught up).
Housekeeping is actually getting done.
So, for now, I think we've found ourselves a solution.
One that we both love and enjoy.
And I love that.