Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Our Day: Working Mom Update

At this exact moment in time, I have an ideal mom-of-an-only-toddler work situation.

Of course there are moments when I wonder what it would be like to stay home, when I wonder if I should stay home. Time is just so precious and moving at a blink-and-you'll-miss-it pace.

But those thoughts are not a place I stay for too long.

The thing is, I am incredibly blessed with my job. Aside from the frantic before-dawn rush that is our mornings and the fact that I'd really like more time together in the evenings, our routine is a well-oiled machine. I have a great boss and co-workers, I get to run errands during my lunch break {sans toddler}, and the moment I leave work, I don't think about it again until I walk in the next morning.

Oh. And I get Friday's off.

Last year, I remember thinking, on what seemed like an hourly basis, if only I could just have Fridays off. two day weekends are simply not enough. Saturdays and Sundays were days spent cleaning, grocery shopping, errand-running and preparing for the next work week. If only I had one more day in the week...

And I was right.  It is incredible how one extra day is the most generous game changer. Sure, sometimes I get a bit greedy and wish for just one more day, until I realize how blessed I am for my Fridays off.

Admittedly, I wasn't quite sure how to adjust at first. Not that I had no idea what on earth to do with all of this extra time, it's just that I suddenly had the time to realize how much I had let slide. How much there is actually to do to maintain the home. I had neglected our little home for so long. So, I spent every Friday racing to clean the house, run multiple errands with Lyla in tow, cross off my multitude of to-do's, and meal plan for the next week.

That didn't last long.

My sweet husband reminded me why I took my job in the first place - to be able to focus more on my family, not on all that has to be done.

So, I made a promise to myself. That Friday will always be our day. A day just for Lyla and me. A day where I get to be a stay at home mom. Where we go to mommy and me classes, have playdates, grab lunch with friends, explore, learn and have fun. And then there's the much-anticipated nap time. Because nap time, my friends = Mommy time. I get to read, blog, have phone dates with out of town friends, and sometimes I get a little crazy and try a Pinterest project. Life on the edge, I tell you.

There's only one rule for Fridays. And it's not allowed to be broken.
No work allowed.

It sure is the little things that actually turn out to be monumentally huge things.
I can't think of one thing, not even one, that is better than Fridays.
Except maybe Saturdays and Sundays.

When Dad gets to join in on the fun.


Mason's Mama said...

Love this! My husband has most Fridays off (unless he has to work overtime) and I've always wished to have them off as well. I love that you dedicate the whole day just spending it with your little love! Precious photos and she is a doll!

Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog said...

First of all, she is the cutest thing! Love her little smile! I really enjoyed this post because I work full time and struggle with wanting to spend time with my daughter and then also needing to get errands and cleaning done at home. I am planning to use some of PTO to take special days off with her on Fridays.

Meg - [Life of Meg] said...

Aww, what a great post. Your photos are just lovely!

Kelli Gilbert said...

sounds like things are working well with you guys!! and she is the cutest!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Having a three day weekend is the best thing ever!

Working Mommy said...

Love your photos! She looks so lovely <3
Being a working mom (or even simply a mother) is never easy. I'm now in the stage struggling in between work and kid/family. Wish I could soon find a way to balance my working and family life without being burned out.