A New Adventure Begins
A Special Note:
In February, the blog is expanding! I will begin
highlighting both home-based and center-based early intervention speech therapy
practices, as I will now be working with children ages birth to 5 in both
Returning to work after maternity leave is no easy task. Although
I've decided to take it slow, only working a few days over the next couple
weeks, there is plenty to do as any good home-care therapist knows. I've spent
several hours over the last few days consulting with the therapist who replaced
me in my absence, learning about all the new kiddos on the caseload, as well as
the progress some of the other children have made in the last three months.
I've been busy calling families, scheduling appointments and of course, MapQuesting
all the different destinations trying to strategize my future car routes. Oh,
and I can't forget that I should pack a lunch, charge my phone and fill the
tank before venturing out!
I must admit, I am looking forward to some temporary freedom
and getting out of the house for a few hours! I am also very excited to observe
the gains the children have made while I was gone. I'm eager to see my
colleagues so that we can co-treat and collaborate and get the old brain
working again in a way it hasn't in a few months!
In the meantime I also need to get my house organized! I want
to make sure there are enough diapers, wipes and clean white onesies for
grandmom to put on my little bundle of love while I'm gone. I need to wash and
leave out fresh bottles, as well as double check that there is enough milk to
satisfy her until I return. I spruce up her nursery and organize her books and
toys so that everything is neat and easily accessible before I leave.
I run the vacuum, do the dishes, take out the trash, fold
the laundry, wipe down the bathroom, restock the toilet paper and paper towels,
leave out some freshly baked cookies and do my best to leave our home welcoming
for both my baby and everyone who will be watching her this week.
And so a new adventure begins, as my career expands, the
journey of motherhood continues and I welcome the challenges of another year.