Thursday, 4 September 2014
Going back to work....:-(
I WOULD like to complain, no antenatal class teaches you how to cope when the day comes for you to return to work....
Monday was easily the hardest thing I have ever done, after two weeks of feeding, changing, going on walks and generally being a hands-on daddy, the need to earn money prised me away.
I did do my best toddler impression and tried to throw a tantrum (in my mind, the wife doesn't need two babies!) but the time had come.
I could have course not gone but pretty soon we'd have had no house and I don't think it's fair to put a newborn in a cardboard box.
Pam was amazing and did his night feeds so I could get some sleep ahead of going back to work but when the alarm went it was still full of dread.
I just about got dressed and made my lunch before it was time to say goodbye. Held my emotions at the bedroom door and then said goodbye to Pam and to Jacob who I swear deliberately looked even more
adorable just to add to the moment.
But despite nearly being in tears on the way to work, they both had a wonderful day and have had a great week, me going back has given Pam a surge of confidence and I could not be prouder of her.
As a result I feel better, yes I miss them like crazy when I am at work and wondering what they are doing.
However, Jacob needs his mummy and needs his daddy to love him and care for him but also protect him and the best way I can do that is keep a roof over his head.
Should dads have longer at home? I think so yes but to be honest the levels of paternity pay from the Government are pitiful.
I lost £200 from my salary and that was only with one week's paternity leave and the other as annual leave.
But there is no better feeling than driving home from a day at work knowing you will see your loving partner
I adore walking in and taking over to give Pam a break, hillariously last night I walked in just before a feed so changed his nappy, started to feed and what did Jacob do? Fill his nappy.
Talk about a welcome home......parenthood eh?