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I'll Be In The Hall If You Need Me

As a stay-at-home, work-at-home, single mom to a newborn, I had to employ some creative tactics to make it all work. Sometimes I wonder what the high level execs and VPs on the other end of my conference calls would think if they knew I was at home, sitting on a couch my living room, breastfeeding my infant daughter during our "meetings".

As my little one grew older and significantly more verbal, I could no longer pull it off and had to look for childcare. After lots of research, I found a place I felt good about and scheduled care for two afternoons a week - intending to keep all telephone communication and meeting appointments confined to those time periods.

On our first official day, I took her in and went over the detailed instructions I had left the day before two or three more times and then just sort of stood there. After an uncomfortable silence I said, "So...wait... I'm supposed to just walk out of the door and leave my baby here...with people I've only met 3 or 4 times?"

Don't get me wrong. I knew how it was supposed to go but at that moment, the thought of doing that just seemed so crazy. The sweet lady gave me a strange look and said, "yep..that's usually how it works."

My response: "I think I'll just hang out in the hallway. I bought my laptop. I'll be working so just holler if you need me."

I did that for about month.

I laugh when I remember that first day.

—DelishaMichigan
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