It's really hard for me to separate my pregnancy and my job-hunting experience these days. So, I'm hoping this post makes some sort of sense. It feels like it should be good practice for me to get everything in some sort of linear order.
I had a job interview this past week. It's not tenure track, but it's a pretty good job. I can't decide if I'm not a perfect fit, or if the job is a perfect match of skills I need and skills I have. I'm leaning towards the latter, and I hope they agree. There was little mention of child care or my belly, which kind of freaked me out. But, probably, that is a good thing. This job is a three hour drive from where we live now, and we don't have any plans for MT to move next academic year.
Tomorrow, I have my next job interview. This job is very different than the first one. For one thing, it's called a post-doc. For another, it's only ten miles away. I'm not positive it's a better job, career-wise, but it would definitely be a better job family-wise. We have always been willing to do a little separation for the larger good, but of course never imagined the specifics of this separation.
Although neither job is tenure-track, both jobs are inherently longer than one year. It would be nice to have one year of applying only to perfect jobs instead of every job.
Baby seems to be doing well, despite the fact that I occasionally drank caffeine during the first trimester. Some kicking, and a lot of other movement that feels more like bubbles. Often, I feel this "bubble" movement near my left hip and the top of my uterus on the right side, simultaneously. I'm pretty sure the baby isn't that long! I would love to see him again before the big day, the ultrasounds were so cool.
We're also slowly reaching out to other moms and moms-to-be in the area. This includes prenatal yoga (just me), our birth classes (both of us), and a local message board. I *finally* found a local message board for parents in the area. And MT finally figured out how to get in on the pregnant/parenting group at his school. In some ways, I just need local friends: being pregnant seems like a good way to make them.
Baby and Job.
I don't even know where to start with this. I just don't do well with unknowns.