I mentioned on Monday that I’m suddenly looking for full-time work. I figure that with my recent jump in sanity + a return to medication, I should function really well.
I looked at several public service jobs, which reminded me just how unpleasant it is to write applications for a job that is clearly being described by someone who doesn’t know what it is either. But there were a couple that I could probably bluff my way into (skills mental illness teaches: how to fake confidence like a champion). The prospect of actually DOING any of those jobs was a little scary, but I pushed the fear to one side.
Then, for old times’ sake, I searched for babysitting jobs – and suddenly found myself smiling. These were jobs that I’d just enjoy rather than fear – jobs that fit the headspace I was already occupying – jobs where I might even be able to take Louisette with me. . . . which would be cheaper, and so much nicer for my heart and hers.
So I applied for a few. I had an interview yesterday which went really well, and I have another interview in less than an hour. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, Louisette is, suddenly and terrifyingly, on the move. Dangerous objects are mostly safe if they’re at least a metre away in any direction – but not for long. She is fully aware of her ability to reach toys in front of her, and has a good grasp on the first step (pushing herself up on hands and knees) and a tenuous grasp on the second step (diving forward – rather than just flopping back down in the same position or accidentally pushing with her hands and thus going backwards). She generally gets there eventually (unless there’s something shiny nearby).
She is also much better at sitting up, completely unsupported. This is a VERY useful skill for eating (not quite reliable enough to actually be useful yet, but it’s only a matter of time). It also instantly changes her range of non-assisted positions from two to three, which has got to help relieve the tedium of being a baby (like many times in life, it’s simultaneously super exciting and super boring for the participant). As adults, we know sitting up is super useful. All she really knows so far is that she’s generally impressive.