Separation Anxiety?

Recently I was given an opportunity to pick up some hours with my previous employer. Some background on this story, about three weeks ago, I came across a form I needed to have signed by the human resources department and so I needed to stop by the office. When I stopped in one afternoon, my former supervisor explained her need for extra help and she asked me to consider coming back to help given my experience in the field and with the company. It was really wonderful to see familiar faces and touch base with everyone I have not seen over the last two and a half years.

We have been blessed because I have the opportunity to stay home with Emie and take care of her during the day. The option we have been given is definitely rare and I realize we are in the minority. Many homes have both parents working outside the home. I mentioned this opportunity to pick up a few hours of work outside the home with Craig. Craig is easy, he just wants me to be happy, and he wants what would be ultimately best for Emie. We knew having Mom with her, would be the next best thing for Emie and it would be good to help where it is needed.

Since my mom has Mondays off, I opted to agree to working one day a week to help the company. Just to give you a little more insight, this job is near and dear to my heart. It is in the medical field and the icing on the cake; it is cardiology- another passion of mine. In so many ways, not only are my former co-workers and physicians like extended family, but so many patients are too. I have never found more happiness in life other than serving Jesus and being a Mommy, than helping others and brightening someone’s day.

This week I had my first day back to work. I was nervous, of course, and when I woke up in the morning I was finding it difficult to leave Emelie. I know 8 hours is a VERY short time frame. This was the first time in two and a half years I was leaving Emie. I was blessed she woke up before I left and I was able to give her a hug and kiss before I left for the day. Can you guess where this went? Yes, I cried! This is not a new trend for me, but it broke my heart to leave her. She was in good hands. Her Janou is really the only person I can ultimately trust Emie with and know she will be happy. My mom was thrilled! She was looking forward to French lessons, playtime and baking with Emie. Leaving the house was the hardest, but the excitement on Emie’s face when I came home at the end of the day was best! She was able to tell me all about her day and it made our evening even more wonderful. We could cuddle and laugh together. I know some separation is good, and it is ultimately inevitable as she grows up.

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I believe this opportunity is going to bless our family and gives me a new outlet to witness to people and be the salt and light in the world I know we are all called to be. I am happy I can help financially support the family, not only with the Bowtique, but by picking up a few extra shifts at work too. It is a good environment with rich opportunities around me.

I just wanted to share this story with you. What was it like when you have left your child for the first time? Share your stories with me. Thank you for coming by and reading today. I always look forward to hearing what feedback you give me. Make today a blessed day!