Working Mama Drama

Full Time Working Mom Confessions | Volume II

October 24, 2016


Somewhere in a parallel universe I am doing this.

It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.

I have been alive for 32 years and there is one thing I know to be an absolute truth: having to leave my sick child and go to work is the purest form of torture I’ve ever experienced.

Maisie has a double ear infection and spiked a high (104!) fever over the weekend.  I ran her to the pediatrician and got some antibiotics to pair with the Tylenol we’ve been giving her around the clock.  Thankfully, her fever broke yesterday and she seemed to finally be feeling better this morning…so…we sent her to daycare today.

I feel like a monster even typing that sentence out.  But with limited sick time and the winter germ season approaching Joe and I need to be really careful about when we use our time off.  Because the truth of the matter is we could get a call next Tuesday morning that she has a stomach bug and we need to pick her up immediately.  Or she could wake up in a month from now on a Monday and have another fever.

So at 6:30 a.m. this morning, I had to choose between my natural instincts as a Mother and my standing and job security at my place of employment.  Sidebar – I would have loved to be one of those question asker people at the presidential debates.  Because, you better believe, my “question” would’ve turned into an 18 minute tirade about the lower middle class struggle.  We’re down here man!  We work and pay our taxes and everything.  HALP!!!!

That’s really all I have to say about this issue.  That no matter how balanced things can sometimes feel, when Maisie gets sick it instantly falls apart.  That on my way to work this morning I cried as hard as I did on my first day back from maternity leave.  That I wish she were older and could understand why I can’t be with her.

Maisie, I’m so sorry. 

Full Time Working Mom Confessions | Volume I

September 22, 2016


You guys, Maisie is almost 17 months old and I still haven’t gotten over the shock of how impossible it can feel to juggle being a full time working Mama.  Most days I’m just striving for mediocrity on all fronts.

The other working Moms I see (on Facebook, of course) seem to have it all together.  I doubt anyone thinks the same of me but justtttttt in case I decided to start spilling a few secrets about our daily life.  I’m always SO fascinated to hear how other families make it all work so here goes.

First up is dinner.  Confession: 75-80% of my daughter’s dinners are reheated leftovers that she eats alone.

On the days Maisie is in daycare we get home around 6:00 p.m.  By that time, she is very hungry and extremely tired.  There just isn’t time for gourmet cooking.  Also, fun fact about me – I don’t really cook!  Doomed from the start.

2/3 days I will heat up something from the last time Joe cooked and the third day I will make her something super fast – like brekkie for dinner or pasta.  I might not be able to cook but I can (usually) handle scrambling an egg and buttering a piece of toast.

I sit with her while she eats and pick at her leftovers and then Joe and I eat together when he gets home around 8 p.m. Whenever we can, we try to eat dinner together as a family, but realistically that is only happening 1-2 nights on a good week.

The entire dinner situation feels sooooo far from ideal, but it’s the absolute best we can do right now.  However, I feel really blessed because Maisie has a great appetite and (so far) isn’t picky at all.  I usually have no problem making sure she eats a protein, veggies and a carb for dinner – even if it is reheated from 3 nights ago 🙂

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