Thursday, February 9, 2012

Things I Have Learned

* kids and dogs come with a manual that tells them "when walking, swerve in front of people and stop suddenly". This causes the best language to spew from the mouths of the person behind.
* dirt multiplies in houses - especially on white floors.
* everything that can be spilled will be - on the most inconvenient of surfaces.
* it is possible for babies to poop more times in a day than they eat. On a regular basis.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sweet Moments

I have officially been a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) for about a month now and I have to say - I am LOVING it! I feel sooo much more relaxed and the kids (and Nick) seem to be benefiting from it too. The house? Yeah, it's a bit messier these days without our cleaning lady... The laundry? Doesn't get done on a regular basis... The bills? Money is a bit tighter, but we are managing... The cooking? It's a work in progress - burnt meals are to be expected... Is it worth it? 100% to see the smiles on my baby's faces and to get all the cuddle time I can handle! I am loving it! Next task - figure out how to make some extra cash to allow me to continue to stay home! While I am still looking for work (as required by the State of Maryland to claim unemployment), I will be honest and say that I dread looking for something else for fear of getting an offer that I can't turn down. I did have a company that was very interested and I'm certain they were ready to make an offer; however, after our hospital visit with Belle, I had to call them and tell them "Thanks, but no thanks" because the commute would have been 1.5 hours each way.
After her emergency room visit, I realized that I just cannot work that far away from my kids, especially at this age. If there is an emergency at daycare, it would take me 2+ hours to get from work, to daycare, and to the hospital. Or, if the emergency was bad enough (God forbid) that they would have to go by ambulance, it would still take me almost 2 hours to get there, with a terrified child alone in an ER. No thanks. So, I am just hoping that something comes up close to home - or I can make some of my "business ideas" work...
I am also tossing around the idea of heading back to school... I have been unhappy being and engineer for quite some time and this "break" seems to be just the kick in the pants to get me moving on my next career venture... What am I thinking?? Law school. Crazy, I know... But if I'm going to do it, I have to get started on it now and Maryland has a lot of great schools. The next step is to actually research to figure out exactly what type of law I would like to pursue (at this point, I am thinking labor law/civil law - something where I can help people who have been wronged) and then figure out which school I would like to head to and then get some financing. Who knows - stranger things have happened! :)