Today is the start of my second week back at work (or at my job to be more precise) after almost two months of leave.
That’s right… after almost two months off, I have returned to full time work.
I guess you could say that it all started back in late October, when a series of unfortunate events left me with 2 protruding disks in my neck, a compressed nerve and some of the worst pain I’ve ever had to deal with.
This kicked off an extended period of leave that was ultimately to help me recover, both physically and mentally, from the neck injury I had sustained. However, it also kicked off my first experience of being a ‘full-time stay at home dad’.
Leaving for work this morning, on my first day back after being at home with my kids for the last couple of months was honestly one of the hardest things I think I’ve ever had to do.
My boys had become so accustomed to having me home, that they didn’t understand why I had to go back to work. And throughout all last week, it was barely 9am before they were asking when I was coming home.
And as I kiss them each morning before I leave for a long day ahead at the office, I find myself wishing that I could still stay at home with them.
However, being back at work is where I am meant to be right now. To keep a roof over our heads, food in our bellies and clothes on you backs.
And while I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have been given as a job, I am finding that I am thinking more and more about the time I was able to spend at home with my family.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing stay at home dad to my boys! And hopefully, one day, I get to experience that again.