Posted by Gina Perkins, Pre-School Mommie | Posted in Gina Perkins, The New Mommy, The Preschool Mommy | Posted on 02-05-2011
A new month, a new me……well, not exactly a new me, just a different me. Though, trust me, if April Showers brought May Makeovers – I’d be one happy camper!
Since the last time I’ve written (which I understand was only last week), a lot of changes have taken place. I’ve become a part-time-working stay-at-home-mom. WOW – what a mouthful. I’ve committed to a 15-hour a week part time job, working mostly from home. While it’s only been a week, and the first few days were overwhelming, I think I am going to really love it.
For me, the hardest part has been (and still is), trying to modify the life I have been used to for the past 20 months. All of a sudden, I find myself in a place of looking at a calendar, and actually being required to know the date! I have had to figure out how to merge the schedule of a 20 month old with the schedule I am now keeping of commitments outside the home. This means working in swim lessons, with specific times that I can devote to sitting at my computer to act on emails. I am realizing that the key to making this all work is discipline, which is not one of my stronger qualities. Burning the midnight oil is probably not sustainable – though, right now, it’s survival!
In addition to this 15-hour a week job, I continue to help my dad with his business – which is a local Commercial, Residential and New Construction cleaning business. (Insert shameless plug here : So, if you are looking for someone to do your spring cleaning for you, call me!). If you add all of this up, I am now working about 172 hours a week. And there I go (only slightly) exaggerating again.
I feel like this is a really good time in DJ’s life for me to begin taking on some new things. She’s old enough now to not be so, so dependant on me – and can truly appreciate and enjoy time spent away from me. (Ok, let’s face it – I’m the one who has finally grown out of separation anxiety!). She’s going to be 20 months old in just 3 days……I can hardly believe it.
Which brings me to my next change……while I know you have all enjoyed reading about diarrhea explosions, cutting-teeth, growth spurts, crib woes, first words and first steps – I am excited to announce that I am finally graduating from “New Mommy” to “Preschool Mommy.” We figured it was time for my stories to shift to things like pebbles up nostrils, markers on the couch and kissing garden snails.
DJ will begin her pre-pre-school in September, and I will become part-time-working stay-at-home co-op mom. (Say that 10 times, fast). Starting next week, you can continue following me on Tuesdays as “Preschool Mommy.” It sounds so weird to even repeat that out loud as I see the words typed on my screen…. P R E S C H O O L. My baby is growing up so fast. It makes my eyes well up with tears as I think of how magical this first chapter has been, that I can hardly imagine moving into another chapter. However, I know that no matter how tightly I cling to these past 20 months – there’s still a lifetime of learning and growing again…..
So, fasten your seatbelts ladies and gentlemen….I just know Preschool Mommy is in for a wild ride!