Good news, guys! With only 5 weeks until my due date, I managed to land a job... actually, I managed to end up with a couple of offers, so I got to CHOOSE the position rather than just take what was available. That's a position I was not expecting to be in when I found out last month that the position I had been counting on fell through.
In the end, I decided to head back to my Ph.D. alma mater - a twist I was not expecting! My position is as a 'Research Scientist,' which basically means I will be involved in a number of different research projects with an old grad school mentor of mine who is a very well known psychologist in the field of addictions/behavior change. It is a privilege to work with him again! Additionally, I get to teach once a semester or so and will likely have the opportunity to supervise clinical Ph.D. students in their clinical work as well. So, I'll be wearing many hats, but that's precisely what I like about the position. After 7 years of graduate school and juggling many different responsibilities, I was really struggling to choose a position where I'd be pigeon holed into one area. Well, problem solved!
One of the best parts??? I will only be working 3 days per week... one day will be a long day with teaching in the evening, however, this frees me up to 1) stay home twice a week with Jameson and his soon to be baby sis and 2) fit in some more clinical work on the side (I landed a side gig doing emergency room psych evals that is very flexible).
So, after all that stressing, it seems like I found a position that is the perfect fit for me and for our family right now. To all of you who said "it will be okay" and "it will work out," you were right! It was hard for me to see this a few weeks back, but here we are!
Well, it's Tuesday, one of my days off, and I've got a bathroom to clean (yes, the nesting has begun).