Thursday, March 15, 2012
Terrified would be putting it mildly
So as many of you know, Jerry has taken this amazing new job with Belle Foods in Birmingham, Alabama. He is leaving a week from yesterday and as a result I will no longer be working. I have cut back a great deal in preparing for this transition and I have to say it's been a little rocky for all of us. Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of driving Jerry to work so I could have the car for the day (something Jerry has been doing multiple times a week for over 2 years with no complaint). We got up at 6 am, got ready for the day and drove Jerry to UCONN. When we got there Jerry realized he needed the keys to his office which were on the key ring with the car keys. He had multiple keys so it made sense to just take the car key off and give him the rest. We quickly left. We had little time to get home in time for the bus so that I could get to an 830 am Doctors appointment in Manchester. After taking a wrong turn we made it home with only 2 minutes to spare. Perfect! We would run inside and grab the backpacks and lunches and be right on schedule. WRONG! Jerry had the key ring and I was locked out of the condo. UGGGG!!! I quickly ran to the office, got the spare key and grabbed the backpacks as my amazing neighbor took the girls to the bus stop. Somehow the bus was just late enough that I was able to get the backpacks to the bus stop and get them off to school. Back to the van and now off to Manchester, I was already feeling ready for a nap. One hour at the office and Avery and I headed to BJs for gas and groceries. In getting gas I noticed that the wrench was lit in the van and we needed an oil change, so off to Larry's garage for an oil change, where I had to attempt to entertain an infant without putting her on the floor where she likes to be. We rushed home in just enough time to unload the groceries, nurse Avery, stuff an sandwich in my mouth and then run to the bus stop to get Ansley. We then jumped back into the van and ran to UCONN to pick up Jerry so we could run back to Manchester for Doctors appointments for Jerry and Ansley. While at the apt I lost track of time and managed to miss Ally's bus. Again my fantastic neighbor Dan came to my rescue and got Ally for me. Exhausted, I wonder, could this really be easier than going to work? At the end of the day I had to admit to Jerry that I am a bit nervous about my new role as a stay at home mom. After all, sedating the children will not be an option if they become unruly and there are no mandates about 30 minute lunches and breaks. No regulations on mommy to child ratios and no ancillary homework helpers or dinner preparers. It will be all on me. I pathetically asked him to try to remember how hard it has been for him over the last 5 years and to try to be sympathetic when the roles reverse when he admitted to me that he is a little nervous as well. He has been at home with the girls taking them to school, karate and Daisy's and doing the homework and night time routines all while being my personal chauffeur. I think it's going to be a learning curve and shock to both of our systems. People keep asking me if I am going to be OK once Jerry leaves next week. My answer is, I am going to be fine, the kiddos on the other hand, may not be.