A New Era

Finally! After weeks and weeks of PER traveling, we’ve hired a regular sitter to help out with Aleksander. Hurrah!!! Today was her first day, and it worked out perfectly.

Aleksander took a crazy long nap – three hours! He woke up just as Kelly arrived. Despite all that sleep, he was very out of sorts. Even his snack didn’t seem to help. So I stayed around for about a half hour. But eventually as he started to get comfortable with Kelly, I was able to slip off into the kitchen. I got things cleaned up and dinner started. Then I made my way down to my office in the basement. For months, it’s been looking like it got hit by some kind of natural disaster. After just a half hour, it already looks so much better. I can’t wait for it to be a productive space again.

The best part of all this was that I could hear Aleksander’s laugh ringing through the house. He obviously got over his crankiness and started bonding with Kelly! The two of them had so much fun playing all kinds of silly games. It almost made me want to go join them … almost 🙂

PER is away again this week. He was gone for seven out of eight weeks in February and March. And now it is about every other week. Every time he goes away, I feel like I hardly get anything done. The house turns to chaos. (Okay, I know I’ve never been the neatest person, but it really is driving me nuts!) I barely got my lesson plans together to teach on Saturday mornings. I’m so behind on my photographs. I have over 600 pictures to go through from the last six weeks! And obviously, I wasn’t doing any blogging. All my efforts go in to Aleksander. And resting up during his nap, so I can make it through the rest of the day. It isn’t that he’s so difficult. Most of the time, he’s great. He plays really well by himself. But of course, I never know when or for how long he’ll do that. And then when he does have a bad day, or if I’m sick, things can spin out of control pretty fast.

I know this is just the first day of our new experiment. But I really think it is going to make a huge difference – the beginning of a new era for me as a mom. Having this break not only gives me a chance to get some things done or take a rest if I need it, but I think it’s really good for Aleksander, too. He has a ball playing with Kelly, and then he gets a mom who’s refreshed and relaxed for the rest of the evening. We’ll see how it goes! Now if only I could figure out how to get more help for PER, so he can doesn’t have to travel so much….

Question: How do you manage to get a break in the day? Or do you at all?!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth
    May 02, 2011 @ 22:47:11

    what’s a break?
    Seriously, I work when the rats are asleep.

    The dishes can be done tomorrow 😉

    I’m glad the new sitter is working out!!

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    • KateR
      May 03, 2011 @ 12:49:00

      You know, I do feel rather spoiled by this. I look at my friends and think, they can do it – what’s wrong with me? And then I remember – oh yeah, their husbands don’t travel! Seriously, I don’t know how single mothers do it. Especially if you don’t have family close-by, which we obviously don’t.

      I hope you get a break soon, Beth! Even a little one 🙂

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  2. Beth
    May 03, 2011 @ 16:51:03

    there are always plenty of examples of people who take on more… you never know when you might be one of those to someone else. 🙂

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  3. Gretchen
    May 05, 2011 @ 13:40:07

    yay Kate! I am so happy for you. What a great break! I get to have a break everyday at work. There are different stresses but minimal (usually atleast) whining, crying, or needing to be changed. There is not that immediate, constant need. And I have fast internet access here:) Can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks!

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    • KateR
      May 05, 2011 @ 14:02:47

      Hey Gretchen, that’s great. I often wonder what life is like for the working mom. Is it really a break? Maybe it depends on what you do. I only work (out of the home) two hours a week, but even those two hours in the classroom give me a change of scene and pace. So I come home with more energy for my Pooka Bear. It’s amazing how children can drain you in such a different way. You can’t really ask them to wait when they’re whining, crying, or needing to be changed 😉 So whatever you do to break things up can make a difference and help you refuel.

      I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to our weekend away for the wedding! Three whole days away – what will that be like?! Can’t wait to see you! 🙂

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