3 months ago, just before my triplets 2nd birthday, I felt a certain… itch. As much as I have LOVED being with my children every day for the past two years, I just had this feeling like something had to give. My husband works long and constantly changing hours to support us, we had no babysitters, our budget was stretched to the max, and I was starting to feel like I was cut off from society. My energy was sapped. Then one day, while scrolling through Facebook, I saw that one of my friends had posted something about my old place of employment needing help. It was not for the management position I had when I left, but it would work even better for me since it was fairly flexible position. I jumped on it, starting out part-time. I had to work on my husband’s days off, so we never saw each other anymore for a while, but at the time it was a tradeoff worth taking- I was out of the house on my own for a few days a week, and could help to bring in some money again.
Soon after, a fulltime position opened up which would allow me full medical benefits. Since we were purchasing our insurance privately (which was ridiculously expensive, for very little coverage), this was something I just had to find a way to make happen. It would make the difference between us struggling all the time to make ends meet, and arguing over finances to being able to take a deep breath, and know that we are going to be ok. It all depended on us finding reliable, trustworthy childcare, and we ended up finding a wonderful au pair from Thailand, who is with us now. (This is another post in itself, yes?)