What a week last week was. It was my return to being a working mom, after taking 12 weeks off for maternity leave. As I wrote last week, I really enjoyed staying home with my new baby, learning to be a mom to two. But, it was time to return to work.
My work week was great. I was welcomed with lots of hugs, welcome greetings and even coffee, bagels and pastries for the team.
The rest of my week was what turned out to be crappy. On the first day of my return, my mother-in-law died. She had suffered for a long time and it was not unexpected, but jarring none the less. That first evening home was filled with phone calls and a depressed feeling.
Night number two involved explaining the death to my 3-year-old son. That went better than I expected, but was hard. Last night he thought my husband was talking to Grandma on the phone and I had to explain that it wasn’t her.
Night number three was just as challenging. My husband was out of town making arrangements for his mother, so it was my first working-mom evening without him. I picked up both kids from school, drove home in the pouring rain and ran inside the house. Upon opening the door I was pounded with the smell of pee and poop in the front room: The dog had an accident. Next, I heard meowing coming from inside my son’s bedroom. One of the cats got locked in there all day. I found poop on the bed.
I threw the poop in the toilet, mopped up the pee, put the comforter in the wash, fed the baby and next thing I know it’s nearly 8:00 p.m. and I haven’t feed my son dinner (or myself!). My husband came home shortly after that and put my son to bed, only to find there was pee on the sheets that I had missed when cleaning up the comforter. What a night!
Thank God for Friday. Except, that’s when I found out I was unfriended by someone on Facebook.Â It my not be the first time this has happened to me, but it’s the first time I’ve realized it.
So, it was aÂ whirlwind of a week. At least this week is sure to be better — my husband will be in town all week and it’s not supposed to rain. I think I’ll stay off Facebook just to be safe.
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