Isabela

Change is afoot in the Sieminski household!

You may have noticed a new face in our family photos from Peter’s birthday party. That is our au pair Isabela.

We welcomed Isabela into our home a few weeks ago. She will be living with us and helping us care for the kids over the next year. Isabela is a 2nd year au pair from Sao Paolo, Brazil. She was in country last year in Vermont just outside of Dartmouth College. We’re so happy she matched with us. She an amazing addition to our family. We love her so much and it’s only been 2 weeks!

Nora just started pre school at Big City Montessori School (BCMS) and she will be there for the next 3 years.

Peter will head off to Little Scouts (the fabulous in-home day care that Nora just graduated from) next September. After a year or two there, he will join his big sis at BCMS.

Over the next couple of weeks/months, I will prep myself mentally and emotionally to return to work. In a perfect world, I’ll ease back in with a part-time job – but there aren’t that many part-time HR jobs out there, so we’ll see. I’m going to take a SHRM review course to brush up on my HR skills (and possibly re-certify with them as a SHRM-SCP) and then start looking for and interviewing for a job. I’m still credentialed as a PHR through HRCI but I’m in suspended status with them until I get my remaining 30 units of continuing education in. I have until July 2018 to get those done.

Apologies for all the HR talk and slang above! The point is, being a stay-at-home mom was super rewarding, but extremely hard work. Lately, I’ve felt suffocated by it all. Carrying the mental load of our home, plus caring for Peter full-time proved to be more than I could handle. I felt like I was falling down on the job for him. My energy is low after the past 5 years I’ve had and I fear he is suffering as a result. So we made the hard decision to bring someone else in to help us out. Someone who is young, with energy to take Peter out on adventures and play dates.

Anyway, this post is about Isabela – my thoughts on throwing in the towel on being a stay-at-home mom, as well as, my fear and simultaneous excitement about returning to work are fodder for another post….

Be sure to press play on the video below – you don’t want to miss this one!

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