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The End Of This Phase

And the start of a new one, my life as a working Mom commences on Monday, 3rd May. I have such mixed feelings, anxious about leaving Ava and missing out on a second of her day and excited to get back to work in a job I love with a company I love.  It’s the weirdest thing, as you know, I’ve been helping out from home since the start of March, I’ve had to attended a weekly meeting every Friday afternoon. The first time I had to attend the meeting I was so unbelievably tearful that I cried when I arrived at the office, but you do get used to it, at last weeks meeting I realized I was actually enjoying myself. I love what I do, I love people I work with and I enjoy the challenge and interactions with everyone.

Of course one change will be my working hours. After much too’ing and fro’ing, we’ve come to an agreement on my new working hours. I realized after I started the negotiation, that asking to leave at 13h30 was kind of stupid and that they weren’t going to agree given that I’d be away during peak trading times. So I went back and changed the hours I had requested. I will now be working Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm and Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to 4pm.  This means that I’ll have more time with Ava in the mornings as my office is only 8km’s from my home and I won’t have to sit in traffic and I’ll still be able to keep our weekly Kinder Music classes on a Wednesday and she’ll be able to start afternoon swimming lessons in the Spring. It also allows me time to do any shopping quickly after work or get my nails done or my pedicures without taking key times away from her. But most days I’ll just be able to go straight home to her!

The best part, it makes such a tiny difference to my salary that after tax it actually won’t make much difference at all. So I’m happy. They’ve also agreed to allow me to keep the notebook on the days when Ava is not well or her nanny, Loveness, is sick, then I’ll be allowed to work from home.

So here’s to the new phase…

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15 Comments

  • Reply lea2109

    All the best. You will get used to it. Just don’t find yourself in my shoes where you agree to one thing and then find out they take advantage leaving you to work excessive overtime. That’s the thing I regret the most about the contract I had in April.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:09 am
  • Reply gailsnail

    Yay! Congrats on getting those working hours. That is great 🙂 Good luck with starting work next week. It is VERY difficult at the beginning but it does get better.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:16 am
  • Reply ttcnot2easy

    Well done on getting your work hours changed – I know that when hearing from friends it can certainly be a bit of a challenge! Oh, and I love your nanny’s name – Loveness!
    All the best, Sharon! xx

    April 29, 2010 at 7:49 am
  • Reply niseysmusings

    You are very blessed to have a company that respects your needs so much and are prepared to be flexible with your hours.
    Ava is going to be just fine – you’ll see!

    April 29, 2010 at 8:04 am
  • Reply skrambled

    I’m sure that it will be difficult, shame man. But your company really sounds fantastic! I hope the transition goes well.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:17 am
  • Reply thebinges

    It’s going to be really tough, but you’re going to be okay…

    Good luck.

    XXX

    April 29, 2010 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Mash

    Wishing you strength! It won’t be easy, but at least she already knows her nanny.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:30 am
  • Reply dee

    That is fantastic news!! Im so happy for you!

    April 29, 2010 at 10:05 am
  • Reply tzipieastwest

    All the best for the new phase Sharon !

    April 29, 2010 at 10:07 am
  • Reply mrssee2

    I can’t believe it has gone so fast. It sounds like everything is working out well though, so good luck with work on monday!

    April 29, 2010 at 10:52 am
  • Reply MommyInWaiting

    So happy you are sounding so balanced about going back to work and it sounds as though the business have been quite accommodating. Enjoy these last few days with her full time.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply marina1605

    All the best Sharon. It’s not easy, but you do get used to it. Have a lovely weekend. xxx

    April 30, 2010 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Yvonne

    Wow that sounds great Shaz! It sounds like you truly will have the best of both worlds 🙂
    All the best to you!!

    xx
    Yvonne

    April 30, 2010 at 10:46 am
  • Reply orbit365

    So glad that you and your employer could find something that works well for all the parties concerned. All the best.
    xx

    Juli

    May 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply samcy

    I can only imagine how tough it was for you my friend. But the new hours are a bonus! Soon this will be the new normal.

    xxx

    May 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm
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