So, let’s talk. I know I have been MIA for some time now. I know you miss me… okay, I hope you missed me. Either way, I want to tell you what is going on in my world. Ready?
I took a job on February 29th and started working full-time. What was supposed to be a 40 hour-a-week job turned into much more. By the time I got home each night, I was wiped out and ready for bed. I enjoyed the job immensely but felt that it was not good for me. I was given more and more to do and there was no time to get it all done. What that meant for Type-A me is that I was constantly stressed out. Add being at work 9, 10 or more hours a day plus getting called in on weekends or being on-call, I was a mess. A stressed, crabby, unhappy mess. I missed my kids. I missed my husband. I missed my life.
I was told recently by a manager from another facility that my job is “too much for one person”. That was an eye-opener for me. I can’t do this. I started looking for a job better suited to a mom of 4 kids and found one. I planned on putting in my two weeks notice on Tuesday of this week. Long-story-short… things didn’t happen the way I had planned. As it is, I am out of work until the end of July when I start my new job as a school nurse!
I am super excited about this new position for a number of reasons. I love teaching. Teaching adults and teaching kids are two very different things. I can’t wait to get my hands on the minds of little people and making a difference that may impact their future. Speaking to their parents in order to maintain their wellness and keep them in school sounds like a challenge I am ready to tackle. Giving hugs and offering love to children who come to me with a boo-boo seems like a dream. I know, I am crazy but this job is a dream come true for me.
In addition to all that fun stuff, there is another huge plus to this position. I am going to have SO much more time with family. No more evenings, no more holidays, no more weekends. I will not be on-call and will not be bringing my work stress home with me. It is a job meant for a mom and I am the mom to do it! I can’t wait to get started.
What that means for you is that my blog will be active again. I am not promising every day but I am going to work on it more. Thank you to everyone that has stuck by me these past few months. I will reward you with lots of goodies!
Now, about my kids….
Johnny graduated Kindergarten and is enjoying his summer. He has grown so much over the past year and is eating me out of house and home.
Joley is such a big girl now… although still not potty trained. I am waiting until she is ready but I secretly wish she were just ready now. I am tired of changing diapers on a little girl that wears a 4T! She will do it when she wants to though and that will just have to be okay with me, like it or not.
Jemma… oh Jemma. I was pumping every day at work and am still breastfeeding her. Despite my initial concerns with pumping at work, we are making it all work out. I am not getting much from my pump unfortunately but she has started solids and takes a bottle at my mom’s and eats her food. She then comes home and breastfeeds all night. By this I mean ALL night. That’s okay though. It is worth it to me. Jemma will turn 9 months in just a few days and I only have 3 more months. We can make it until then! Jemma is still a peanut but growing well. She is the funniest, sweetest baby ever and a blessing in every sense of the word.
My mom has been a Godsend to me. She has been watching my kids for me while I am at work. I am not sure I could have went back to work if she didn’t. I would be a nervous wreck leaving my kids with a stranger. Thanks mom!
I didn’t mention Kenzie in my update. I am purposefully not to protect her privacy. You know, pre-teen angst and all that. ha!
I am back in school finishing up that class that I had to drop last summer. With this class finished, I will have my BSN degree completed and will get a large pay increase with my new job. Yay me!
Oh, and not to be forgotten, we have a new puppy! After my beloved Gabe passed away some time ago, we have been a two dog home. I wasn’t on the lookout for a new dog… I promise! But, Elvis stole my heart. He came home as Ellis but we changed it to Elvis. He is only about 6 months old and is already a big boy! He is truly a mutt with many different breeds but we see some Pitt Bull in his ears, forehead and stance. He has webbed feet and a howl so I don’t know what else he is… except perfect! He is such a sweet dog. This is my baby!
What have you all been up to??? Leave me some comments so I can get back to you!