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Karyn Bryant: T-minus seven days. My little munchkin will be a preschooler this time next week, and I can hardly stand the wait. I know I'll probably cry when we drop her off, and I'll have pangs of guilt and fits of worry. I just don't know if those will come before or after the celebration dance in honor of the reclaiming of my life.

woman hugging daughter goodbye thinking about spa treatment

Since I don't currently have a full-time job, I've been home with Aurora 95% of her first three years. Those have been some wonderful and special times, but I'm really ready to get back to being Karyn for the better part of the day. Because Karyn gets the things done that Mommy doesn't have time for.

That room with the footpath through piles of paperwork and stacks of random stuff collected over the past 36 months -- you know, the office -- will soon be a shining, sparkling-clean bastion of inspiration. (At least, my side will. Hubby's gonna have to fend for himself.) Those annoying 5 pounds of BBQ food and ice cream that are trying to settle in for the oncoming cooler weather? Hell no! They have to go, and they will, since I can go to the gym and stay for a while without stressing over the Kid's Club bullies.

The empty picture frames in the basement can finally get filled with precious memories. I can organize my closet. I can study my Portuguese more often. Read more. Write more. Oh my god -- I just remembered that I used to have hobbies! Stop the insanity!

I'm in no way suggesting that all of this will happen by the end of September, or even October, since I plan on kicking career stuff into overdrive as well. But I'm inspired to make some of these things happen ASAP.

Those of you who have been where I'm going: am I overly ambitious? Am I overestimating what it's going to be like to get back 6 hours a day?



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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
Mr.dh August 25, 2009, 5:46 PM

Hi, I’ve visited your blog. Thank you for you. Success

Farrah August 25, 2009, 6:04 PM

Believe me when I say that I am counting down the days til the littlest one begins preschool. The older two are in elementary school and the 3 year old will only go from 9-12 3 days a week BUT 3 1/2 days out of the week are mine and mine alone to do the things I need to do.

Kristen August 25, 2009, 9:04 PM

I think this is SAD! So you only wanted to give 3yrs to your child before returning to you, give me a freaking break. First off you need to learn to balance things better and second your kid is ONLY worth 3yrs. I am SOOOOOOOOOOO thankful that we are choosing to homeschool our children and really get to KNOW them!!

Cas August 27, 2009, 7:39 AM

Dear karyn, It seems a real shame that you can’t wait to get rid of the most precious thing you will ever have. If you really wanted so much time for yourself and your job perhaps you should have considered not having children rather than palming her off to others who in the end don’t really care, and are no substitute for a mother. My advice is, take the oppertunity to be with your little munchkin, as she will grow up faster than you can imagine.Be the one to see her do things for the first time, be there when she needs her Mom… be a good parent. I hope that what you wrote isn’t what you really meant…. if I am wrong and your career and you and more important than a child who you decided to bring into the world then I hope you can live with yourself!

Elaine April 27, 2010, 10:10 AM

Have you bashers heard that a mother makes a better parent if she DOES have outside interests? Give me a break ! Whoopie doooo for those of you who have no other interest in life other than cooking, and cleaning. Get a life !!! You go Karyn!


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