Last Friday I officially completed 10 weeks back at work. Even though I've actually only worked about 6 out of those ten weeks, I thought, being a nice round number and all, that today I'd bring you ten thoughts on being a working mama:
1. Work* is the easy part. It's the three hours either side that are diabolical.
2. If I get to work without snot, food or some other unidentified substance on my clothing, the day's off to a good start.
3. Ditto if I actually get to work at all.
4. Being "high functioning" at work is pretty much impossible. The best I hope for is to stay awake while at my desk, and to be able to speak in full sentences while trying to say something erudite during a meeting.
5. My colleagues don't care (and some think it's kind of funny) that I only got three hours sleep last night. And the night before that.
6. I can go to the toilet BY MYSELF. No interruptions.
7. I can actually make, and drink, a hot cup of tea.
8. If I have to stay home from work, I pine for work and find any excuse to join in workplace shenanigans. I had to teleconference into my team meeting the other day. I've taken to bringing work home with me, just in case I ever have a spare moment.
9. Velcro shoes and nylon stockings are not a good combination.
10. A cleaner is a good idea. But a cleaner who understands that 'clean the bathroom' means clean the bath, toilet, shower, sink etc - not just the 'bath' and the 'room'... now that's a brilliant idea.
Today's blog post is brought to you by the number 10 and the letter W.
*Disclaimer: I use the term "work" here to denote "paid employment outside the home". I know all you mamas do at home is sit around drinking cups of tea and having playdates. Don't try and tell me there's any "work" involved in that. (just kidding)