Firstly, I’m nowhere near done with my assignments, which are due this Saturday and next Saturday respectively. Also, I have exams in about three weeks which I am completely unprepared for. Being a student while being a WAHM (or should I say PTWM? Read on to know more…;p) is tough. But I have to keep focusing on my long-term goals. Ultimately my MBA is going to add value to my life and potential employment too…so I have to remember that I need to “put up with the rain to see the rainbow”.
Secondly, I can now be referred to as a Part-Time Working Mom! An aerosystems company offered be a job that I just couldn’t refuse – they need someone to do their Public Relations work part-time, and I was looking for a job that wouldn’t require me to work full-time. With this job, I go into the office one day a week (sometimes, like this week, I come in twice a week because of an event), and I do some work from home. Basically, this is my ideal job situation! I’ve been working there about a week now. So far it’s been a lot of fun – it’s something new for me, being in an office, but I do find it quite enjoyable. I’m pretty much by myself most of the day, so the peace and quiet is quite pleasing. That being said, my door goes directly to the factory floor, so I hear all the banging and buzzing and drilling, so it’s not really all that “quiet” per se!
The biggest challenge with being in an office is that I have to pump. I’m so bad at scheduling pumping sessions, and sometimes it gets so hectic here that I don’t have time to do it, and when I do find time to do it a few hours too late, I fill up entire bottles of milk! Luckily I’m only here once or twice a week. I know that it would really hurt my supply if I were to do that every day.
Speaking of milk, both my boys are still breastfeeding. Aqil is going to be 3 years old soon, and he breastfeeds once a day. Clearly it’s just for fun, although once in a while he enjoys the milk (this only happens when Afraz is latched on the other side…if it’s just Aqil, he fools around and doesn’t nurse long enough for the letdown). I don’t particularly mind – I’m breastfeeding anyway, so why not let him get a chance at the “best antibiotic in the world”?
Our latest tandem nursing photo
As Afraz is getting older (13 months now), he is eating a lot more solids, and is breastfeeding a little less. He still nurses a lot, though. I am glad for this. I dare not imagine a day when one or both of my boys quit breastfeeding. Already I am faced with the fact that I may not be able to wear Afraz so often now that he is bigger and walking. It’s a bittersweet thing, seeing them grow up. On one hand it is gratifying to see them develop and knowing you helped shaped them, one the other hand I miss their baby selves, the memories of which are fresh in my mind as it was back then.
I’ve also been doing more PR work for Malaysian Babywearers, and in fact, I will be giving two talks on the weekend of May 8 and 9. I will share more info on that soon :) We have quite a few things planned for our organization, and I’m looking forward to working on that soon. Nothing like a passion project to really motivate you!
Apart from all this “proper” stuff I’m doing, I’ve also been…how shall I say…”chasing my dreams” a little bit. I dare not say anything more for fear of jinxing it, but believe me, I will announce it here once something happens! (I’m being so mysterious, huh? Hahahaha!).
So, yeah, I’ve been a very busy bee indeed ;) I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’d rather be busy than bored!