Monday, 16 July 2007

Goodbyes - a retrospective...

We've been in South Africa over a week now, and this is the first chance that I've had to catch up with myself, blogging wise...

Nicole has started her temporary post at Rondebosch Boys' High School (althought they're angling for it to become longer term or even permanent), which means that I am a stay-at-home dad for the immediate future. So far (two days in) it has gone well, and I feel that I have been able to entertain Janel and accomplish what I need to, most of the time. Having said that, the time does race by and before you know it, it is lunchtime and then Mommy's home!! I've been really worried that I won't know what to do with her/how to keep her entertained/make sure that her development is being aided correctly/etc, etc, etc, but so far at least, so good.

On the job hunt front, things are not so positive - I have contacted a couple of agencies by email, but without much response to be honest. I know that I need to follow them up by phone and personal contact, but there isn't really the time for a consolidated effort at the moment. We're looking at daycare options, and if we find something that we like, and can get Janel settled, then I will be able to give the issue my full attention. Going back into some form of education does, however, seem to be a viable alternative - my sister-in-law runs an extra Maths lesson tutoring service, and is keen to see it expand into other areas, which is quite an exciting option. I hadn't thought that I wanted to go that route, but now it feels like a possibility.

I hate having options :-)


Lorna said...

erm don't rush the going back to work bit too soon
- I think it's fab you and Janel are having time together.

Parenthood doesn't come easy, it is hard work, but she will develop beautifully because she has two parents who love her a lot. This time is for you and her - and it's great that Nicole has had a good start back into teaching and I know she's missing time away from Janel - but I think the role reversal thing is good for a while for all of you.

My husband did it - long before it was fashionable - but only for 6 weeks - now when we look back we wish he hadn't rushed back into business ... the money is good, but relationships count much much more.

bless you

Lorna said...

erm it's now August ... time for an update ? :D