Posts from October 2016

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. 

Pumpkin Picking 2016

October 17, 2016

I have several half-drafted posts about a few different things but for now I just wanted to leave some pictures from our day trip to the pumpkin patch with Joe’s family here for safe keeping…

Years from now I want to remember that we got stuck in horrible traffic and Maisie had a level 10 nuclear carseat meltdown.  I want to remember that Joe and I took a golden opportunity to start filing irreconcilable differences paperwork and instead stuck together and had an awesome day with Maisie’s Great Gram, aunts and second cousins.  I want to remember that we spent more time chasing our spirited girl through the fields than actually picking out a pumpkin…

View More: want to remember this FACE…View More: View More: View More: View More: More: View More: View More: View More: View More: …and how looking at these images on the ride home made my heart explode.  View More: Dugans!

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