Monday, December 27, 2010

Working Girl

Well, now that I am just getting the hang of taking care of a tiny human it's back to work for me. Today is the last day of my maternity leave. Why I can't be paid a generous salary for blogging, surfing the Internet, raising Ceci, and drinking coffee all day is beyond me. I'm good at all those things. But the universe sees fit to throw me back into the workforce instead of blessing me with incredible wealth. And because I like to complain (another thing I'm pretty good at), I'd like to mention how lame it is that Washington state, unlike my homeland, does not offer women the opportunity to file for state disability benefits while on maternity leave. Thanks Washington, for being unsupportive of women and families.
On the bright side, my parents are here for a whole month to help out with the baby. Of course, pessimist that I am, I have gruesome fantasies of them accidentally scalding her with their coffee, sitting on her, dropping her, putting her out with the recycling, forgetting to feed her, or forcing her to listen to Garrison Keillor all day. Her little brain would wither.
Logic tells me that none of these things will happen. After all, my parents managed to raise me to adulthood without any fatal snafus. I just love my girl and I don't want to miss out on anything. Sigh.
I'm sure I'll feel better by the end of the week when I see that Ceci is still in one piece and she still knows who I am. And I'll be thrilled to see an actual paycheck again.
I'll leave you with an awesome healthy cookie recipe that actually tastes good and relieves some of that post-holiday binge eating guilt. Adieu for now, the next time you hear from me I'll be a working girl.


  1. Oh no!! Sorry Em. I know it's going to be a tough adjustment. I can't believe Washington doesn't allow you to file for disability! On the plus side you also don't have an income tax ;) (Hey, you know what an optimist I am ;))

    I'm glad your parents will be there to help ease the transition!

    Glad you had a Merry Christmas, and have a Happy happy New Year! xoxo

  2. we called jasper "the paycheck eater" for about the first year and a half. welcome to the magical world of working motherhood. we are glad to have you, if a little sad that you have to be going through this separation. you won't believe how excited you will be to get home after work.

    also, let's go have a beer sometime.

    also, you're awesome.

    go get 'em tiger.

  3. I'm so sorry you have to go back so soon! ((hugs)) I'm going back next week, and it's killing me. I would highly recommend looking into short-term disability insurance (e.g. Aflac) for next time around. It's what allowed me to stay home for 6 months instead of 4 this time. Still not enough time (is there ever really enough time with our littles?), but a good run.

  4. The back to work transition is so hard!!! I remember it clearly with both my kiddos! But of course she will remember you and she will be so excited when you get home. Nothing replaces Mama! I am really happy that your parents are here to support you this month. Remember you can always call a sister too! ;)

    See you Thursday!



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