We're going to go see a movie tonight. I'm not sure which one we'll see... I'm not sure it even matters! I think we should have dinner out, too, as long as we're having a date-like night.
Next week is my last full week of being a mom at home. Sigh. It's been nice. I think I'd be looking forward more to going back if I had a part-time position. Instead I'll be trying to cram full-time work into part-time hours for a month. I go back full-time in early April.
Our new doctor's office sent us a nice booklet on newborn care and it says that the ideal length of maternity leave is 6 months. Why does every other civilized nation in the world acknowledge that and we don't? The U.S. claims to be family-friendly, but our society is about as family-friendly as a flu epidemic. Only the strong survive intact. The rest of us flail around looking for competent child care, flexible work hours, affordable housing... it's ridiculous. I can see why Jon gets questioned carefully every time he goes to Canada. They get 6 months off there with unemployment pay, plus a lot of companies will pay the difference so that you're off with full pay the whole time. And that's not just for moms, folks -- that for dads, too. If we'd had Otto just a few hundred miles north, he'd be home with one of us for the first year of his life, and we wouldn't have to give up our careers and sink our financial ship to do it.
Not in Puritanical America, though. Here, God has ordained that women should stay home as unsung heroes while men work hard and have heart attacks at 50. There's very little middle-ground. Grr.