I am so grateful for the time that I've had as a stay at home mom. But for many, many reasons, I knew that the time wouldn't last. This month I started working part-time at my first big girl job using my bachelor's degree (yes, I earned my bachelor's degree 2 years ago...*shakes fist at the economy*). I am working at a large rehabilitation services corporation in the Autism Clinic. My position is as an "Autism Mid-Level Technician" doing one-on-one applied behavior analysis. The children in are clinic are very young, only up to age 6. I am paired with a 3 year old boy and he's so adorable.
I wish it wasn't totally taboo to talk about pay and salary because I am SO excited about how much money I'm making now. I have been severely underpaid in past jobs that I've held and, like I said, have never had a job that actually required my degree, so I'm getting paid now twice as much as I've ever been paid in my life! And it's still a considerably low since I am only working part time but still. I'M EXCITED.
One of the things that has been more difficult about working now is, of course, being a working mom. Specifically figuring out the logistics of pumping breast milk has been quite the task for me. Ideally I would love to be able to pump every 3 hours but my commute is 30-40 minutes each way and I can't take a break (more than a minute or two) since I am responsible for one specific child all day. I am just doing my best right now to pump 15-20 minutes before I leave for the day and then as soon after I get home as possible. This ends up being more like 6 hours in between sessions but I'm really really hoping that since he is an older baby (7 and a half months nearly) this won't affect my supply much.
Next week I begin my internship for my counseling program. It is at the high school level and I'll be doing pretty much whatever the supervising school counselor wants me to do - counsel kids, help with college applications, ACT, run groups, and so on.
My schedule Monday through Thursday is basically non stop all day. I'll go to my internship, come home at lunch time for about an hour, leave for work, get home between 6:30 and 7:30 probably depending on if I need to pick Colton up from my parents house (they are helping watch him when Mark has to work nights). I will definitely miss my little guy, but I'm really glad to have 3 days off, and I think he would be proud of me for going out in the world to make a difference in the lives of others.