A mom recounts her day as she gets her son to work and home again.
I have a son who is 2 and half years old.
I have been a full time working mom since i first sent him to creche at age of 4 months old. My fiance' is a partner in a gym so his hours are from 4h30am to most nights 6-7pm. Which leaves me to do all fetching and carrying of Ethan to school and back, getting dressed in mornings, lunches, cooking, dinner, bathtime and then finally ME time! I work in Cape Town and live 50km away so Ethan is at school from 7am till 17h30pm every day.
Since we had Ethan this is all I have ever know.I only have a maid twice a month on a saturday and Its definitely not easy.
I am up at 5am every morning to get myself ready, school lunch packed and clothes hung out to dry during day and dinner to defrost and then wake my son at 6h15 to get him ready for school and we leave home at 06h30!
In winter its not wonderful at all!!!
He is a great sport and every morning even in Winter although you hear the Odd i don't want to go to school mommy, when i drop him off he gives me a big kiss and hug and waves goodbye mommy.
I have seen a huge difference in the way he has grown up in a good way. Although its a long day for both of us at school and work, he has flourished into such a adorable clever little boy!
I know that the time at school could be spent a little shorter but unfortunately I live far from Work and traveling takes up 2 hours of my day!
He is at a great school that caters for those times and by now he is so used to it having gone to same school since i first went back to work when he was 4 months old.
I keep reminding myself on why im working hard. I don't want to spend so much time away from him, but the more I work now, The more i can reap benefits when he needs me the most! For the after school activities, homework etc etc. The age he is at now means that i only get a few hours at night and week-ends with him. But when he starts school i want to be able to work half day so i can be there in afternoons to help with lifts and this is when he will need me the most!
So parents can cope. By looking towards the future...The bigger picture and how you can better your lives for the years to come. I adore being a mom! Its been the best job i've ever had. And in order for my son to have best life possible i am a full time working mom. For now...
Dave's hours are starting to get better and at least 2x a week he is now there to fetch Ethan earlier from school, go home, prepare dinner and feed dogs, feed Ethan and bath-time so when I get home its about relaxing and enjoying my time with both boys in my life!
Life is never easy and its time spent with each other that makes it special. We cherish those evenings together cuddling on couch having some downtime together before bathtime and even the half hour in mornings before school and chit chat in car makes it all worth it. I miss him like crazy during the day and i cant wait till hes old enough to have a cellphone so i can chat to him all the time :) I've coped. Better than i thought i would and im a better parent and hes a better child for it.C