It's been a long time coming.
More than three years ago my life was changed for the better by a tiny little plus sign on a test. During my Claire pregnancy I was working for a law firm that was run by a pile of worthless jerks. So, when I went on bed rest, they fired me. "It's not that you aren't a good attorney," they said. "We think you're great! It's just that you're pregnant." ".........(silence)" I said, in response. We referred to it as medical leave for all intents and purposes, but what had really happened was that they were too stupid to run a successful law firm, but they were smart enough to know that there is this tiny little loophole when it comes to firing pregnant chicks just because they're pregnant. It says they have to have more than a handful of employees. They didn't. I used to be really angry about the whole situation, but now I'm really grateful. Sadly, the firm closed shortly after they let me go...coincidence?
So, I went on bed rest and unemployment. It sucked. Shortly thereafter I found a great job teaching online. I just spent the last 2+ years of my life staying home with my babies. I won't lie, it hasn't been sunshine and roses the whole time.
Now, on the eve of my re-entry into the working world outside my home I am full of emotions.
I'm excited. I have a big kid corporate job now. I get to wear all those suits and heels that have been taking up space in my closet. I'll be retiring my yoga pants and using them only for their intended purpose(yoga, not trips to Target, who knew?).
I'm scared. What if they don't like me? What if I miss my train? What if I totally suck at this job? Clearly this portion is just me being irrational and dramatic.
I'm happy. I am really looking forward to getting back out there and working with other adults.
Mostly, though, I'm sad. I am going to miss my daughters so much I can hardly type this through tears. Tonight I rocked Zora to sleep and told her we would still be best friends. I kissed Claire on the head and her tiny plea for "more kisses, Mommy," were enough to rip my heart right out. I'm so sad that I won't be the one picking Claire up to hear about her day at school. She's always so excited to sing her new songs with me and if I don't sing it correctly she says, "no mommy! No singing!" I'm sad that when Zora wakes up from her nap, it won't be me that scoops her up and cuddles her while she stretches her little chubby legs. I'm sad that they probably won't remember these years that I spent at home with them.
These feelings are countered by my knowledge that I am showing them with my actions and not just my words that they can do and be anything. That they must work hard and that it won't always be easy and fun. Now, I'm not saying that you, as a mom or dad, can't show your children the same thing through staying home, I'm saying that for me, this is how I am showing my children.
So, through the tears, I'm taking this first step towards my goals. But, I know that every step I take tomorrow will be with my girls in my heart. They are my biggest motivation to achieve my own goals so that I can help them achieve their own, someday.