No, I’m not pregnant.
But I will be experiencing excruciatingly early mornings very soon.
Because I’ve gone and got myself a new job. A new job that involves getting up at 4am. A new job that involves listening to lots of Take That. A new job that involves chatting. A new job that involves laughing – a lot. A new job that has “dream” written all over it (apart from the 4am alarm call, obviously).
I’m going to be the new co-presenter on the breakfast show on Heart, in Wiltshire. This means life is going to change dramatically in January. Both for me and the (self-proclaimed) Northern Love Machine – as well as Frog.
My new job means Frog won’t see me in the mornings, apart from at weekends. Instead, she’ll be whisked off to a new childminder, conveniently situated on her dad’s way to work. But come lunchtime, she’ll get her mum back again. For the whole afternoon.
My new job also means there’ll be less juggling, although I’ll still have a couple of features to write every month, along with a bit of copywriting and social media work. But this is nothing compared to the ten balls I’ve had up in the air recently (oh stop with your rudeness!) – and none of the other work will be done while Frog is awake.
As for sleep – we’ll have to work something out. Sleep and I have a rather close relationship, so I’m not willing to turn my back on it just yet. I guess it’ll just mean earlier nights and less Twitter. Oh well.
Anyway, this is the bit where I ask for your advice again.
I want to hear from working mums (the “BOTTOM” types – Bugger Off To The Office Mums – in the words of that wise Northern Mum). And shift mums (I couldn’t think of a witty acronym for this one – take it literally) who work early mornings and nights and everything in between.
I want to hear from dads who do the morning drill and take the children to school / nursery / childminder / grandparents / anywhere else children go when their parents go to work.
In short, I want to hear from anyone who has experience and advice to share about making working work. For your family and for yourself.
Now excuse me while I go and enjoy a glass of cold fizz and toast my new job. Did I tell you I have a new job?