Tomorrow I get to utilize the skills I've learned over the past 10 years working in the medical field. I get to care for people, physically and emotionally. I get to use critical thinking. I get to see my colleagues and friends, and have grown-up conversations. I get to admire other people's children.
A few weeks ago, I was dreading this moment. I couldn't stand the thought of going back after this special bonding time. But I am approaching this transition with a change of attitude on the eve of returning. I look at this experience as a way to introduce my girls to the idea of balance and compromise. We all make sacrifices, and we all have to find a balance in our lives. Being a "mom that works outside of the home, also" and finding time for my kids, husband, and my own self-care and interests is what that looks like for me. Having two working parents and two incomes is a compromise that lets us live a comfortable life and will hopefully let us give things to our girls that may otherwise be out of our reach. I'm glad I get to model this for them.
I'm not thinking of this as an end, but rather as the beginning of our new normal.