2 Feb
It was a short week for me, but I’m still glad it’s Friday!  Being at work hasn’t been so bad — I really enjoy my colleagues and I’m looking forward to all the learning I’ll be able to do in this new job.  Going home at the end of the day, though — whew!
Jade’s been pretty good but she doesn’t want me to put her down once I pick her up.  And since Michael is trying to catch up on the work he missed during the day, I’m responsible for getting dinner on the table, which I don’t have much time to do after going to the grocery store (yes, I ended up having to go after work both yesterday and the day before… bad planning, I know) because Jade’s got to eat by 6:00 so that she can get into her bedtime routine before she starts to wilt and get super-cranky.
Yesterday’s supper ended up being pretty simple because I prepared it the night before and put it in the slow cooker.  After dinner, Jade gets her bath and then it’s time for bed.  Then I do the dishes, have a shower (because there isn’t time in the morning), pack my lunch (and next week, I’ll be packing Jade’s lunches, too), and then prepare dinner for the NEXT night.  And by the time I’ve finished that I’m exhausted and it’s close to 10 p.m. and I’m ready for bed.
I hope it will be a little easier when Jade is in daycare because then I will be able to get Michael to help me with the after-dinner responsibilities.  But we’re none of us allowed to get sick again because there is no time for illnesses!  Being at work the last few days hasn’t helped me to recover from this cold that’s still hanging onto me.  I can really feel it at the end of the day. 
I hope to shake it off over the weekend with my three days off, which became official today!  They had to give me a new letter of offer to sign, stating that I will be working 30 hours a week (with the corresponding 20% cut to my paycheque).  I know it’s what I want to do, but it sure felt strange to sign away 20% of my work hours and 20% of my pay!
The truth is, though, that the difference in pay really won’t change our standard of living.  It might take us that much longer to pay off our mortgage, but the extra time I get to spend with Jade is totally worth it.  Michael sent me a message this morning that shows me I’m already missing things.  Apparently, when Jade decided it was time for her morning nap, she didn’t yawn, or rub her eyes (her usual signs), or get cranky in any way.  She just lay down on the floor and closed her eyes.  She opened them to check that Michael was watching, smiled, and closed her eyes again.  He took her to her room and put her to bed and she went to sleep without a peep.  How’s that for sign language?!

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