Looking for work while caring for your newborn: not advisable.
Looking for work while caring for your newborn and rambunctious two-year-old: insane. Yet, this is the position I find myself in.
I’ll give you a little background (the abridged version). My family and relocated to our home-state about six months ago, when my husband jumped on a promising job opportunity. We weren’t given much time to make the decision, so I didn’t have time to secure a job before we moved. I was also pregnant at the time, and not certified (in my field) in the state we were moving to.
Back to present day: I am now certified in the state we live, I gave birth to my second child, a baby boy, six weeks ago (after two hours of labor and seven minutes at the hospital- talk about, wow!), and I am actively looking for work.
I’ve scheduled interviews over the phone while preparing bottles and managing my toddler’s “I don’t want that for lunch” tantrums. I’ve taken calls from recruiters while feeding my son and rushing my daughter to the bathroom (she’s decided now is THE time to potty train—isn’t that swell?) I’ve stayed up into the wee hours of the night filling out ridiculously long online applications. I’ve rifled through my closet, in an attempt to locate any professional attire that fits (still have 10-12 pounds to lose to get back to pre-pregnancy size), and I’ve definitely arrived to an interview with spit-up on my suit jacket.
This is the life of a busy mother of two, job hunting after having a baby.
Luckily, I’m being asked to come in for interviews fairly regularly. I’ve been offered one position, but had to turn it down for a variety of reasons. I have an interview for another position this week, and it looks promising, but the commute would be hell. I know I’m going to have some tough decisions ahead.
Financially, my family needs me to return to work as soon as possible (hey, no pressure!). But, a big part of me wants to return to work. Don’t get me wrong- I adore my son, and I love my daughter to pieces. I enjoy spending time with them, caring for them, and taking them to library story time, but I also love my work. I want to get up in the morning and put on a nice pair of pants and a dress shirt. I want to feel productive outside of our home, and I want to be able to talk to my husband about something other than the contents of a diaper, or tantrums, at the end of the day.
I am certain, when the right position comes up, that it’ll be rough at first. I’m going to miss my children immensely, and I get tired just thinking about how tired I know I’ll be when I go back. But, it is what has to be, and I know we’ll find our groove in time.
Have any of you ever been on the job-hunt while caring for one, or multiple young children? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences. I need all the tips/tricks I can get about making it through this process during such a crazy time.