Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Easter!!

Hi readers,

Just a quick message to wish you a very happy Easter, whether you're religious or not I hope you all manage to find a little time to enjoy with you're family. 

It's 10.25pm and we have literally just finished setting up an Easter egg hunt and some gifts for Xander. We are spending the day with our families and Easter Monday we have a large group of friends around for a gathering and an Easter egg hunt for the kids!!!

What are your plans over Easter? Feel free to leave a comment below and make sure you have a good one!  

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Being a mum: the one job without sick days!

As I mentioned briefly in a previous post, last September I returned back to work three days a week as a teacher. 

I'll be honest the whole transition back to work was tough (but I'll leave that for another post). We cobble together childcare on those three days. One day hubby has Xander, another day my mum and then he goes to nursery one day a week, however one thing I didn't consider is what happens if you're ill AND what happens if your little one is ill OR the person who is suppose to be looking after your little one whilst you're at work?!
All of a sudden I've gone from a worker with a fairly good attendance record to someone in the past I would have complained about, problem being it's all utterly beyond your control. If you're child is ill then no one will look after them, you have little choice but to forfeit a day of work to care for them. Then conscious you've already taken time off work (and may need to again in the future), you then go into work ill ... And that makes you more ill. You can't win!!

I've recently had to take two weeks signed off work for being unwell, I simply had been Ill too long and ran myself into the ground. But how easy is it to recover with a toddler running around insisting on constant 24 hour entertaining! This is when I came to the realisation once you become a mother there's no such thing as sick days ... In fact sometimes work is viewed as having a rest!

So my question for you is: how do you deal with the daily grind of work alongside children? Who helps out when you or your little one is ill? How understanding are your work when you call in sick or call in to take a day off to look after your little ones?

Please leave comments below (and please do not leave explicit names of workplaces in your comments) 

A message from a frantically busy mummy...

You probably all have thought I'd fallen off the face of the earth! Hang on ... I said 'all' I'm assuming that someone is still glancing at this blog from time to time?!? I'm so, so sorry. I have no excuse for not blogging for such a long time apart from: life has got in the way! I started back to work officially last September. 3 days a week, but that is more than enough! We've sadly had bereavements in the family, moved house and started renovating it and on top of all that I've been Ill for the last month or so... Anyway, I was lying in bed and all of a sudden an urge came over me to blog and just say hi!

Xander is now 19 months! Can you believe it?! I certainly can't! He is walking, talking, singing, counting and generally up to mischief! I'm still enjoying motherhood but boy, it does not get any easier!! 

I promise to visit back soon, bit thought I'd leave you now with a little photo update of our little toddler!