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Entering the working mom force

It's been about two and a half weeks since I started back to work. And I feel....good. Surprisingly really good.

It was so stinking hard to leave Kenlee at home the first few days, but it really has gotten easier. When am I gonna realize that everything the veteran mothers tell me really is true?

Anyway, I realized last night that I absolutely love my job. It's been stressful as I transition to the editor position, but it's been really thrilling too. People, I pick the news you read. Isn't that all sorts of awesome?

And I think I'm starting to hit my groove again as we get in a little routine during the week. It's a little confusing because Kyle works nights and Kenlee is shuffled between staying home with him, staying at my sister-in-law's and staying with either set of grandparents. Juggling the daycare schedule really is the hardest part at this point, but I'm sure that will get better with time, just like everything else.

It's obvious by Kenlee's big grins and giggles every morning that she doesn't hate me for leaving her at home. And it's obvious too by her clinging to me that she still needs and wants her momma.

I told myself even before she was born that going back to work was the best thing for my baby. Not only does it allow me to provide for her (you know, paying the mortgage is kind of important), but it also makes me a role model for her.

Please don't read this and think that stay-at-home moms aren't role models. My goodness, I actually don't think I could ever stay home full time. So those of you who do get my utmost respect.

I just want to show Kenlee that I am doing what I love to do, and I'm making it work even with a family at home. And someday I want her to follow her dreams, too. She CAN have it all — career, family, fun — just like her momma.


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