As I sit here, Sunday night, writing this post, my eyes are misty with goodbye tears. I worked one of my final "regular" shifts at the hospital tonight and wow, it was tougher than I thought it would be, saying goodbye to those amazing ladies.
My "work mom" started my tears off, by asking me to come out of my patient's room so that she could give me a hug...when I walked out, there she stood, eyes welling with tears, and before I knew it, my own tears were falling as we hugged and laughed and cried. This lady literally taught me everything I know...she trained me in as a postpartum nurse, then as a labor nurse a year later, and then as a lactation consultant a couple of years after that.
And when I hugged her goodbye, I realized just how much of my life I've shared with my L&D family over the last 14 years.
They were there when I became a "Mrs.".
They helped welcome 80% of my children.
Basically, they were by my side as I became a woman...the person I am today. My heart is sad to leave them, but I am ready for my new challenge.
Change is always hard, particularly when you've shared so much of your life with a group of people. When I accepted my new position, I decided to stay on in a "casual" position at the hospital (a couple of shifts a month), today made me realize just how grateful I am to be able to continue to dip my toes in the L&D world with the amazing group of women that I've grown up with.
And so, as you read this on Monday morning, I will be embarking on my first day at my new job. Training in with a new group of people who will soon become just as much a part of my life as my L&D family.
Here's to hard goodbyes...and exciting new beginnings.