When I first went back to work after maternity leave I returned full time. As a teacher I thought it would be fine as you’re only ever a few weeks away from a holiday. I very quickly realised it wasn’t fine and I hated it. On a Sunday afternoon I would start to feel anxious as I would feel it would be another full week before I got to spend any proper time with O.
I carried on until Christmas but couldn’t fail to notice how withdrawn I was becoming. I’d go into the staff room and just sit on my own, not wanting to talk to anyone (this isn’t like me at all!) and I was horrible at home, snapping at hubby and weepy a lot of the time.
Something had to change! And with a check of the finances to make sure it was doable we made the decision that I would request to go to 4 days the following academic year. I immediately felt a huge weight had been lifted and knowing this helped me get through the remainder of the school year.
With teaching you don’t really get a choice as to what will be your day off, it’s all down to timetabling! In the roulette that is secondary school scheduling I’ve ended up with Thursday as my day off, and I love it.
I get the main chunk of the week over and done with and then get a very precious day off with my boy. I love how on those days we have nowhere to go, and can take things completely at our pace. If little man doesn’t want to put his pants on for an hour it really doesn’t matter.
Hubby tries as much as possible to not schedule any early meetings for a Thursday so we can switch the alarm off and have a relatively chilled morning with milk, bic bics and tea. We can stay in our our PJ’s as long as we want, or we can get dressed early and hit the park while its quiet. I love that we generally have no plans and can do pretty much whatever we want, a lunch trip to Costa, a visit to the local playgroup, a game of footie in the garden, whatever the mood takes us.
There’s nothing amazingly extraordinary about our Thursdays but they mean the world to me and I cherish every moment. Plus I go back into work on Friday on a high as I’ve had a day out of the place and there’s only one day to get through until the weekend. Thursday is my favourite day of the week by a mile and when we’re having snooozy cuddles at half 8 on a mid week morning, I know I made the right decision.