Do you need a decoder ring to decipher that title? Let me break it down for you:
Full Time Working Mom turned Stay At Home Mom turned Part Time Working Mom turned Full Time BLISS!
Wait...what? Part time working mom? When did that happen? Recently, very recently, as in TODAY!
I know, it's crazy and unexpected, especially since I just posted about being a SAHM and how I've never been happier doing this one and only job! However, when your dream job lands in your lap, you don't turn it down.
The details of the job are this, I'll be working as an assistant to the Special Events Coordinator and Catering Specialist at a nearby wedding venue. My primary duties will be giving prospective couples tours of the venue, writing event contracts, and helping my 2 bosses with any other projects that may arise (In my interview they actually said they may need me to go to Michael's every so often to buy items to help with some of the projects, are you kidding me? I'll be getting paid to go to Michael's? Yes please!). It's only two days a week (Fridays and Saturdays) and my hours are pretty standard; just 9am to 5pm. And when I say the job landed in my lap, I mean that quite honestly. The venue at which I'll be working is where The Hubs and I got married almost 3 years ago. As I was planning my wedding I realized that planning weddings was something I would much prefer to do with my time than working in construction. I had a great relationship with the Special Events Coordinator at the venue and upon returning from our honeymoon, I emailed her to tell her that if a position ever came up in their office to please think of me and give me a call. Well, I got that call 6 weeks after we moved up North, which is just odd because now we live 2.5 miles from the venue! When I first got the call I was told that they hadn't formally posted the job but that I was thought of first as someone who could fit in well with the rest of the team. I came in for an interview and left feeling as though I'd just landed my dream job and 2 weeks later I got the call that I did in fact get the job! I am beyond ecstatic!
I'm sure you're wondering, "what does this mean for Mr. L?", and I've got that all figured out. We weren't quite sure what to do with Mr. L - first of all, we'll only need child care for 1 day as The Hubs will watch him on Saturdays. I couldn't find a reputable daycare in our area that would only allow a 1 day drop off (but considering what the prices were for a 2 day session, I'm sure 1 day would be just as bad!). We didn't want to go with a nanny because we couldn't imagine finding someone that only needed to work 8 hours a day, plus, I wasn't sure for awhile if I got the job and when it would start and I knew if we were going the nanny route we'd feel rushed to find someone and that is not how I like to find child care. So, I went to the best place to get some help for a Mommy in need; my mom's group. I posted an ad saying I needed a Mother's Helper/Childcare for Friday's only and within a matter of hours a gal emailed me. She's a former preschool teacher turned SAHM who has a son a little older than Mr. L and a daughter who is 8 months old. She invited Mr. L and I over to test the waters and to see if the boys got along. We did our test run last week and it went amazingly well. And one hour after meeting with her, I got the call that I got the job and would start today! So we met earlier this week to do one more test run so I could put Mr. L down for a nap in her home and get him comfortable and then we'll do it all for real on Friday! The second test run went ok, I could tell that Mr. L felt unsure and anxious about napping in this new place. I know he'll get used to it eventually, but there may be an adjustment period for a few weeks.
From the tasks that I'll be doing, to the convenient schedule I feel like this job is going to be a perfect fit. I'm a little more apprehensive about leaving Mr. L than I thought I would be, but I think it's only because everything we're going to be doing is new. Its a new job (ad new line of work entirely!), in a new city with a new caretaker (And I already feel we were blessed when we found our nanny in LA, can this really happen twice?), but I know it is all for the good. I will get my independence back, and my mental stability back! I'll be at a point where I can miss Mr. L again and feel that JOLT of energy as I walk in the door on Fridays and Saturdays.
So here's to hoping that being a Part Time Working Mom who's working her dream job can make her just as happy as being a SAHM!