A few weeks ago I found out that the daycare where we are on the waiting list had a Tuesday/Thursday spot open up and it was offered to me. I debated long and hard before turning it down. I thought it might be nice to have some time to go into the office before class and be able to grocery shop without the baby. But, in the end I couldn't do it. The husband confessed that he looked forward to spending my class time playing with her and since his boss is awesome he's able to take 2 hours off in the middle of the day two days a week while I teach. And while week one was rough in weeks two I felt like we hit our groove.
I am so thankful to have a career where I have these choices. I am also thankful that I questioned the maternity leave policy and that I got it in writing! My goal this semester is to cherish this time at home with my baby and savor the semester where I can focus on just one class because next semester things are going to get real. I'll be back to a full load, actually an overload as I'll teach a January intensive course in Dallas the week before the semester begins. Caroline will have to go to daycare for at least a few hours a day and we'll find a new groove!