For the last ten and a half months I have been blessed enough to spend time at home with my baby Alice.
Tomorrow, hi ho, hi ho its return to work I go. Albeit three days a week, but return to work I must.
So I take time to honor my full-time Mumness and celebrate its wonder.
I am grateful for…
Dreamy time with early sleepy baby just coming into this world.
Time to recover from pregnancy and labor.
The ability to breast feed and be present fully.
A time to draw breath and smell the flowers again.
Creating culinary masterpieces for my family.
Making stock, yogurt and bread.
Walking daily and ‘really’ getting to know my community.
Spending more time in the garden.
Having my husband work from home on Mondays and sharing a great lunch.
Playing with compost.
Receiving visitors (particularly one’s who snuck a day off work)
Establishing a community garden plot.
Watching Alice grow and become more animated and funny.
Meeting some terrific new mums.
Being home for my other daughter when she gets home from high school full of angst and ready to pop.
Accepting support and assistance from my terrific friends.
Having my Mum drop in for lunch and a Grandmother session.
Finally getting Alice to sleep at night, just a few days before returning to work.
And of course, writing this blog.
It is unclear to me how my new work/family life balance will look. I am hoping to keep writing. Maybe once a week. That is a wait and see for me.
Tomorrow I am looking forward to a clean desk, fancy Nancy clothes and no mashed pumpkin in my hair.
My brain will be getting a work out and that’s okay.
I give thanks for my time at home, and to my terrific husband who has supported it.