It was hard but I am thankful
(Independence, MO, USA)
After only 9 weeks home with my two bundles of joy, I had to return to work full-time. Not only was it difficult to think about leaving my two little angels, my older two children who were 2 and 5 at the time had really grown to enjoy their time away from childcare and having some extra mommy time. But economic times nudged me back in to the workforce quickly.
However, mine is a story of gratitude for being blessed to have worked for a non-profit that had a childcare center. Shortly after returning to work, my organiziation made the decision to move my office into the same building as the childcare center. The childcare staff were very family friendly and had a generous open door policy, especially for parents of newborns. While they were still very little, I would go down on my break times and cuddle and feed them. It was one of the only things that got me through some serious post-partum depression.
So while it was and still is very difficult to leave them day in and day out, I am thankful for the support of my employer and the childcare center for helping me through what could have been an even more difficult time. My little twinkies are now toddlers and their day requires much more routine so I don't pop in the room anymore, but they have excellent teachers who keep me informed of how they are doing. The staff are very patient and understanding when I call to check on them when my mommy ESP signals me that maybe they are having a rough day.
I feel the quality of the childcare providers makes all the difference on the stress level of mothers of multiples. I feel my children's center understands the unique challenges that impact parent's of multiples and responds with kindness and compassion. Tis the season to give thanks so this year I am very thankful that my children are being cared for by people who truly are called to enhance the lives of the children they care for.
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