I am a working Mom. In some respects I am the luckiest kind. I get to work from my home and be with my kids. In some respects I am the least lucky kind... I work from my home and I am with my kids 24 HOURS A DAY! ;D
My job(s) never end. I can't pack up and go home. My students know that I am technically available around the clock. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade it for the world. I have spent five years building up my seniority enough to be chosen for the better classes and better schedule. I am now at the top of the list for when an extra class becomes available. Just this week a class became available THE DAY BEFORE THE SEMESTER BEGAN and it was given to me. (I love the extra money in my stipend but I had 24 hours to do what I usually do in three or four weeks!)
What makes me a little nuts is how, when people find out you work at home, they only see the up sides. They rarely realize that I am often juggling my boss, my students AND two four year olds. Prioritizing my day can be insane. I can't count the amount of time I have been on a call with a student with two kids crying in the background... so professional. :D
Overall I love my job. I love psychology and I love teaching so it's a great combo. There are days I wish I could go back to clinical practice but I have the rest of my life for that. Many days I feel downright washed away by having so much on my plate but at the same time I love the fact that I have a job other than MOMMY. I love keeping my feet in the working world.
This semester I have a full course load. In fact I haven't had this many classes in about three years. It figures it's when I am expecting a baby but beggars can't be choosers. Hopefully baby will wait to be born until my classes are just about over. The semester ends the day before my due date so I doubt it. :D Over the summer I will teach a light load and then in the fall I will go back to a full load. It'll be hard but worth it. I'll sleep when my kids are grown. :D