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…