For the last month I’ve been running to last minute interviews for a really big job that I wasn’t sure I was interested in. I’ve done next day phone interviews, meeting my husband at lunch to have him sit with our baby so I could run to another quick interview, and missing a half-day of a convention because I had to meet individually with a few people over a several hour long interview. It’s a bit odd. I’ve been a stay at home mom (freelancing from home) since our little baby A was born 9 months ago. I had also traded in about 8 months of full time in-office work for freelance at home work before I gave birth because of pregnancy induced fatigue. I feel … a bit off my game as far as my career goes. I’ve been freelancing, but I’ve limited the amount of work I’ve been taking in pretty drastically. Working no more than 25 to 30 hours a week. And I guess all this extra time has left me feeling… a bit deprived of the office life. Is that what I’m craving? Maybe that’s why I’m suddenly seeking a full-time office desk job– when that was exactly the opposite of what I wanted pre-baby. Suddenly my post-baby self is ready to give up freelancing … Perhaps I’m trying to abandon my responsibilities as a new mom? Or simply feeling overwhelmed by the isolation and loneliness (and lack of conversation) that I’ve been limited to…?
It was also really nice to dress up, wear some fancy clothes and shoes and look… nice. Like nicer than date night nice. Like… expensive well-paying job nice. No mom frumpiness was visible when I was dressed up. Someone even made a joke, assuming that I didn’t have kids. It felt nice. I guess I just miss the idea of being my old self. I mean I do go on baby-less date nights with the husband… but that’s only for a few hours… this job thing would be the whole day! I’d get to look nice, feel important (to others besides family), and design without little baby interrupting me every few minutes… I’m not sure why I’m suddenly thinking that I need is MORE time away from my baby… ? I’d be happier with more time… working? Maybe the postpartum mania is taking a hold of me… This doesn’t sound right.
And here is where my thoughts always end: Mentally preparing to leave A at home with someone else. I just can’t picture anyone else caring for him better than I can. I respect women who can go full-time and are able to deal with those emotions. I know that sometimes when you HAVE to do something, you do it, no matter how hard it is. Maybe that’s what I’m missing. I don’t HAVE to go to work. I can sit here and go back and fourth on getting a nanny or staying at home all day with him. At the same time being a stay at home mom is not what I originally wanted, and I’m not the best suited to stay with a baby all day. But maybe being his mommy and making an effort to be the best mom I can be is enough. And… perhaps, hiring help on the days when I need to work from home. Sometimes it’s a bit nuts trying to balance the two…!
Art by Laura_the_gal