Living for the weekend..


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As a busy working Mama, I like nothing more than seeing 4pm on a Thursday afternoon. That’s the time I finish work, ahead of me is a three day weekend and 72 hours to spend with my Little Mr (and the weekend with my hubby.) I know I probably shouldn’t wish time away during the week but in all honesty, I really dislike Monday to Thursday. I hate waking Little Mr up so early on those days and bundling him into the car to take to his Grandparents. Although we have a self-inflicted routine from the minute we step foot in the door at home to the minute we put Little Mr down to bed, it’s all a bit rushed and I’m constantly wishing it was Thursday evening.

I’ve been back at work for 11 months now working a reduced week (30 hours over 4 days) and although it feels pretty ‘normal’ now (whatever normal is) I often wonder how life will be in another year or so. Will we still be rushing around during the evenings, stacking the dishwasher, changing the washing over to the dryer, preparing for the next day of our working week or will it all be different? I really want to be one of those Moms that do the school run. I don’t want anyone else to do it for me. I want to wave my beaming little beauty off to nursery/school and pick him up after a busy day. I want to make friends with other Moms, just like my own Mom did with us when we were little. Am I being old fashioned or is it possible?photo 1

Today is my most favourite day of the week. Friday; I get to wake up and have the whole day off with my Son. I really miss him during the week and want the chance to spend a Friday with him playing in the park, colouring in with him on the sofa whilst we watch Doc McStuffins or Curious George or reading a Thomas and Friends book together. He’s growing up so quickly, I feel like I’m missing out on him discovering new words and enjoying new things. It’s so hard being a working Mama but I know it’s something I just have to get on with, the household bills aren’t going to pay themselves and as my Mom used to say, you’ve made your own bed now you’ve got to lie in it (we build up our own debt, now we have to pay it off by working hard and making sacrifices) I doubt it’ll get any easier but it’s not like I didn’t know this was the case before he came along because I did. I just never ever expected it to be this hard emotionally. As a new Mum (can I still say that 19 months on?) you expect things to be hard but I’ll admit, I totally underestimated how hard it is. But he is so worth it and our lives are a million times better with him here besides us lighting up our world with his smiles and giggles.

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Here’s to a fantastic weekend with my curly haired toddler. Love him!

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  • Reply Rebecca bodkin (clearlybex) 03/10/2014 at 9:20 pm

    I fully understand where you are coming from with your post hun, the decision to work or not to work is difficult. My decision not to work was sort of forced upon me as my wage wouldnt have covered childcare/after school clubs so financially we’d have been worse off, regardless of tax credits too!! I know your torn up about Little Mr but hes happy and thriving, your childcare from family is amazing and so supportive! Love to you all xxx

  • Reply Emily Anderson 04/10/2014 at 7:46 am

    I hope this does not sound patronising in any way but you have my complete sympathy while reading this post. I dont know how you do it but you do, your raising a happy and gorgeous little boy and even with a few wobbles your getting through and doing an amazing job!
    I only work 2 days and I find that tough at times, it’s not just the the actual job or missing the babies it’s the milllion and one other things you have to get done in life that also takes up your time that can cause so much stress but your doing it, your living it and your actually doing brilliant at it.
    Please take comfort in knowing that Little Mr has no expectations of how life should be and he knows no different so to him this is just what happens, we have a week at grandparents then an amazing day with mummy then its weekend. Dont carry any guilt, your allowed to miss him terribly but your doing fab and Little Mr is cared for and loved so much and thats all that counts at the end of the day.

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