And, yeah, that doesn't work.
Fortunately, circumstances have changed. The second baby isn't quite the shock to the system that the first baby was (at least for me), and I have summer break to look forward to after only 11 work days. In fact, I only have three days left. WooHoo! I think there are a few other reasons why being a working mom has felt a little easier this go around (and who doesn't love a list??):
1. I love my job. A little time off makes the heart grow fonder, or something like that. I missed my coworkers and my kids, but I also missed the sense of accomplishment that comes with working. Staying at home with the babies is fun, don't get me wrong, but teaching is also a big part of who I am.
2. I have my creative outlet. I have spent quite a few evenings sewing, which, as I've said before, is like therapy for me. I haven't been working on anything even remotely complicated, but the cute factor is still pretty high, if you ask me.
Almost three is an adorable age.
because clearly, one top is never enough...
3. Breastfeeding and pumping have not been as stressful this time. With Cara, I was constantly worried about my supply. I stretched myself really thin, and I eventually gave up pumping and breastfeeding to add some extra time to my day. I just couldn't juggle everything. This time, I'm not nearly so busy. However, my schedule at work means that I can only manage to pump once, and after my first week, I was a little worried. Fortunately, I have a dear friend who is a lactation consultant, and she didn't mind handing out some free advice via email. (Thanks, Courtney!) I started pumping in the morning about an hour before Colin wakes up and before I go to bed, and all my supply worries vanished.
4. Dry shampoo. Who needs showers? Okay, seriously, I still take some showers, but I don't have to wash my hair and fix it every day. And there are so many other things I would rather do than spend an hour taking a shower and getting ready. Like sleep. Or watch Dancing with the Stars.
5. PJ and I are trying really hard to work together. I think this is the most important reason why going back to work has been easier. It wasn't that we weren't trying when Cara was born, but we didn't know what on earth was going on. I was a crazy person, and I didn't know what to do to make things easier. This time, we have doubled the number of children, but we also know a little better how to handle them. Experience and a date night or two have made all the difference for us.
And in case you need a good dose of baby cuteness, here you go: