Trying not to focus on how slow things are progressing on the ChangingMyCareer front. There have been many distractions and so much administrative stuff for the business to take care of, not to mention the hours it takes to respond to emails and inquiries every day. I’m doing a bit of drawing but not sure where it’s taking me. Instead, I’m trying to ride each day and trust the pace that things are taking, but still, it’s been quite challenging to find solid blocks of time to work on anything. I think if you have young kids, you’ll know what I mean. The day becomes so disjointed when one kid has to be dropped off and picked up every day and the other kid has an opposite schedule from the first. You learn really fast to work in 2-3 hour time chunks, which is not always conducive to productivity and sometimes not enough time to get anything rolling. It always kills me if I have to stop to go pick up the kid when I’m on some kind of roll, knowing that the momentum might be gone, but that is life as a working parent, isn’t it? We adjust.
We have never had full time childcare. We could never afford it. It’s always been about juggling work and family schedules for the last 6 years to make full time hours work on part time childcare. This is why it was such a relief when Mia started Kindergarten this year and why I’m excited to have some sort of predictable schedule in place once Claudine goes to school 4 days a week in September. It’s not a full day – the day ends at 2 for her and 3 for Mia, but still. It’s more stability in time than we’ve ever had.
This also will mean the end of our relationship with out part time nanny this summer. She has been with us for 6 years, 2 days a week, since Mia was 3 months old and I’m really not looking forward to the conversation that we’ll need to have. I am not so good with confrontations of that nature. It’s a big change for all of us and I can’t imagine being in a situation such as hers, to spend so much time with these kids, watching them grow up, helping them grow up, and then one day…gone.