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When I’m Not Here

I have several product reviews to get to this week, but before I do that, I feel it’s only right that I force allow you to take a peek at my life these days. It’s totally thrilling and you will leave inspired and entertained. Okay probably not, but at least you’ll feel like you know what I’m up to while I’m not writing here.

The quick backstory: I’ve been a SAHM since my oldest was born in July of 2008. I went back to work part-time in February and then was hired for a full-time position, which I’ve been at for almost three weeks. It’s a fantastic job at a small private school where my boys will attend beginning this summer.

BrandonKristaIt’s been pretty weird to go from being home with my boys all the time to seeing them for a few minutes before work and then a few hours in the evening. My husband’s job is flexible enough that he has been able to take Spencer to work with him and then work from home for these three weeks until I am making enough to pay a sitter. Starting this week, Spencer will go to a friend’s house three days a week and be babysat by a college-age girl who is also watching my friend’s daughter. Miles will go to preschool in the morning and then over to the friend’s house for the afternoon. On Tuesdays, my husband’s day off, and Thursdays, they’ll be home with my husband. Beginning June 3rd, they’ll go to work with me and participate in the school’s summer programming.

So I’m about to enter the world of packed lunches for all of us, drop-offs, and more of a normal working mom life. It’s strange, after so long, but I really do love working, more than I ever thought I would. For a long time, I wouldn’t even entertain the idea of going back to work; being a SAHM was my identity, it was who I was. But in the last year or so, I found myself watching the clock more than enjoying my boys. I was irritated with having so little time that didn’t involve someone climbing on me or watching me go to the bathroom. We needed a change, and this one will be as close to perfect as possible.

It’s going well, but I do have this one little issue that has been plaguing me since I started wearing dress shoes every day. It’s my feet. Specifically, my left foot and the bunion that has developed and has been exacerbated by being up and on my feet so much more. A few months ago I started noticing some pain in my foot but in the recent weeks it has gotten extremely painful. I had no idea what a bunion really was until this — I thought it was like a blister. Not exactly, more like a bony growth in one’s foot. If you’re curious and into that sort of thing, here’s a picture of my poor foot (don’t worry, it’s not bloody or gross or anything).

I have an appointment with an orthopedic specialist in exactly one month, but in the meantime, I’m wincing, limping, and doing everything I possibly can to deal with the pain. If there are any makers of bunion products out there that want to have me do a product review, let me know! 😉

Okay, that about does it. I think we’re all caught up now. What’s going on with you?

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.