So big changes are going on in the cranberry blog household, we now have two income earners! It's not just me anymore!
What's happened so far is that I have been helping our two wake up, get ready and go to day care. And they're still going to pre-school - I am spending some time working from home to take them to school and bring them home. I feel fortunate that I can make the changes and adjustments to my work so they can continue at the pre-school they've gone to for three years now.
I have some thoughts about this endeavor. I always knew it logically, from talking to my mom/parent friends who work, but now it's even more obvious. Because even if your child is in full time day care, there is still a ton of work to be done. Getting kids dressed, out the door, remembering snacks or treats and lunches - it's not a thoughtless process. And we're not a military-like family, I refuse to order people around and yell.
I am not diminishing the work done with a child full time during the day. That, too is a lot of work.
This morning, in particular, I was happy that my kids were able to get out of bed without too much fuss. I am savoring the little victories. I know that this is a transition for them, too. And they are adjusting. They're enjoying hanging out with kids their age and playing with new toys.
I have always felt like I had two full time jobs as a parent. I still do.
I also know that this process was bound to start at some point (the kids start kindergarten in the fall) and that there are/were a lot of different options for our family. It's just putting the plans into practice.