Soon, that is.
If you hadn’t been following my journey here in Singapore, let me update you. After Chinese New Year, we decided that it would best for the family financially if I went back to work and although I was reluctant (an understatement as I fought tooth and nail), I caved at the end of it all and did what was best for ALL of us in the long run. I hired a great babysitter, spent a while training Eva to drink milk from a straw cup (no mean feat as the girl has never drank milk from anywhere else other than me), and well, just helping her to adjust to being with someone other than Nil and myself.
I managed to secure a job sometime in late March – about the same time I hired a babysitter and all that. I had been hoping to start on 5 April but because they were concerned about me starting before actually getting my pass, my start date was pushed back. On Friday, I went by to drop off my medical report and the letter stating that my DP (Dependent Pass) has been cancelled. After about 30 minutes or so, I walked out with a couple of letters (more paperwork) for the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to collect my new EP (Employment Pass) (don’t they just love abbreviations here in Singapore?).
To a degree, I’ve been having a hard time adjusting as Eva has become more sticky, vocal – she screams more often these days – and well, just being more needy than usual. Many of my mummy friends who have to go through this tell me that it’s normal coz she just misses me. I just find the whole situation bizarre, seeing my daughter go from being this sweet angel to a little devil in disguise in less than a week! I may even have to resort to babywearing her when I’m at home with her just to comfort her! (Thankgoodness I managed to finish up my mei tai – will showcase pics soon!).
I still find it hard to believe that I’m going back to work soon. At times, I wish I didn’t have to and at times, I tell myself that it’s a good thing – at least we’ll be able to afford a place of our own and not have to pay rent plus be able to splurge on some luxuries (but no playstation 3 for us, please) or save. Have been in touch with friends and a couple of property agents, so yes, we’re serious about this part. Even if we don’t stay here for long, it’s good for future investment.
I just hope that in time to come, Eva, myself and Nil will adjust to me going back to work; me more than her, I suspect but who knows…