During the interview, they asked Linda if she would come in on short notice or work extra hours beyond her part-time schedule. This was the first time she ever interviewed for a job as a mother, and she realized how interviews have changed for her. Previously, she might have answered with an enthusiastic yes on both points, even though she wasn’t really excited about either. Previously, she had more freedom to become the candidate they were looking for, but Violet’s presence, and our insistence that she have a parent home more often than not, coupled with the fact that our day care provider (Grandma) lives 45 minutes away, mean Linda has to be a little more direct in her answers.
Our second realization of the day came when Violet was grumpier than usual, crying for no apparent reason at home and at our friends’ house, and then we noticed her lips working up and down, pursing and relaxing, all with a look of deep concern on her face. It looks like teething is starting.