Job: I Have One.

Well, after all kinds of back and forth and craziness regarding my future employment, I can finally say that I’ve settled on something and gotten a job.

An awesome job.  In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s about as good as this whole “job” thing gets.  (I wouldn’t know.  I’m 28 and have been in school for-literally-effing-ever, so I have never had a real one before.)

I’m going to be an associate at a private practice in Massachusetts, about 45 minutes from where Caroline and I live now.  It’s a busy and successful practice with two other super-nice young doctors who also have kids, the office is beautiful, and my hours are perfect: Monday and Tuesday 8-7, and Friday 8-5.  I’ll have to find a sitter I trust to pick her up on my long days, but this will leave me four full days of the week to spend with Caroline.  And this poor child has been in daycare from 7:15am to 5:30pm nearly every day of her life since I went back to dental school and then residency, two and a half years ago.  I am so excited to actually make a comfortable living and still be able to spend more time with my daughter… particularly since her father is moving eight hours away, and I’m sure she’s going to be somewhat… out of sorts.

Basically, it’s my dream come true, I think.  I have worked so hard for this.

So all of that is a huge relief and very exciting.  I’ll be finishing my residency at the end of June and starting at this practice in early July, assuming I can get a Massachusetts license by then, because as it turns out, it is the most giant pain in the butt ever to acquire a Massachusetts dental license.  I need to pass a physical and take a legal exam and get a passport photo taken and donate a kidney and give up my firstborn child and wait, I’m not even sure what we’re talking about anymore, but all of that seems reasonable, no?  Thanks a lot, Massachusetts.  We might never be friends.

Caroline and I also found the most adorable house for rent ever, located in a fancy-pantsy town nearby, so we are waiting to hear back about whether or not we are cool enough to live there.  I suspect we might not be, seeing as how I have been known in the past to forget to pay my bills until whatever I’m not paying for gets shut off (well played, cable company) and I am a scandalously single young mom.  But, we will see.

So, things are looking pretty good for me and Caroline these days.  As my friend says, “Great kid, great job, great future– only one piece is missing now, Jules…” She means men, of course, and although I have pretty phenomenally terrible luck in that category, I’m sure that someday, all of that will work itself out, too.

And if it doesn’t?  That’s okay.  Because I’ve got my dream job… and I’ve got my baby.

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  1. by Caitlyn

    On May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Yayyyy!!! I am so excited for you and Caro and all the great things that are coming for you two! Congratulations!

  2. by Shima

    On May 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    This is great news! Things are definitely starting to look up. Being a single mom and having to work is something I definitely know; I’m glad you’ll be able to spend more time with Caroline.

  3. by Me

    On May 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    That’s awesome! I would love to work 3 days a week and still make a comfortable living! Good for you!

  4. by wendy

    On May 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I take offense to your reference: “this poor child has been in daycare 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m nearly everyday of her life.” As a single mother dealing with a somewhat deadbeat dad I have no other choice but work full time – and yes have my 3 1/2 y/o daughter in daycare! I hate to think this makes her a ‘poor child’.

  5. by Alicia

    On May 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Wendy,
    You are taking her comment about Caroline being a poor child for being in daycare 5 days a week way too seriously. She is stating out loud what all working mothers feel deep down..we feel bad for our children that we can’t spend more time with them and that they are at daycare all day. There are many parents single or not who have to use daycare and there’s a part of us that feels bad about it because we don’t have a choice so it is wonderful that you get to spend more time with your daughter Julia..I understand your feeling on that and think Caroline will enjoy the decreased time in daycare :) good luck with everything!

  6. by JJ

    On May 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Congrars – sounds like a great opportunity!