Friday, February 4, 2011

Week 1: Done

First week back at work wasn't too bad!

Ninja adjusted surprisingly well. She loves her caregivers (an old friend of mine and my mom) and she played and played. Apparently she eats as much as the 3- and 4-year-olds do! Plus she's spent time with a boy who's a month older than she is and who can walk already - she crawled after him all day - now she's even more obsessed with learning to walk.

She did get a bad case of diaper rash from disposables (back to cloth it is) and she won't drink during the day(therefore she wants to nurse all night). Last night she was up at least 6 times screaming because she didn't want to be in bed. But if that's the worst it gets, it's all good. I'm a little bleary-eyed but I can still see.

The job itself is a very good position. Good admin and staff and the students have, overall, been pleasant. I still have my love-hate relationship with teaching but I doubt that will ever go away. Most importantly to me, my English classes are going swimmingly well and that's a real morale booster.

I didn't have to pump at all during the day and that surprised me. I can go from 7 in the morning until 5 or 6 at night without nursing or pumping and I feel fine.

DH has been gone all week on a business trip and N and I both missed him but it was still ok.

I do wish Ninja would drink during the day. She did start using a sippy cup a few weeks ago but she doesn't use it enough.

Anyway, I can see already that returning to work full-time on a permanent basis will be too much for me, so it's good to know that. For fall I will look for a half-time position and, if that doesn't come along, I guess I will substitute teach.

A job posting came up in another field - the arts/history - something in which I'm very interested, plus it's part-time. But it starts in April and I'm on contract until the end of June. Hm. Perhaps they'll hold the spot if I'm the right candidate?

Lots to consider.

In the meantime, it's been good to pay off the last of the IVF debt. Now Ninja is really and truly ours.