Today is Dr. Mad Scientist's last day working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
He's been there nearly two years and worked for two labs.
Luckily, he's getting out on a high note. Apparently the other three post-docs that were in his lab all left under "interesting" circumstances. I'll leave it at that.
And now he's off to venture into two new frontiers.
Well kind of.
The first frontier is being a full time college student. But that's not 100% new. He's been doing since he was 18 years old, minus the last two years at Mt. Sinai.
But now he's going to school to be a teacher which is a whole different type of learning from the black-and-white science training he's done for all of his his undergrad and graduate work.
As an ex-liberal arts major, I find it kind of amusing watching him adapt to the assignments he's given in these classes.
The second frontier is being a Stay At Home Daddy until at least September.
Again, this isn't a totally new thing--he obviously helped see Chunky grow up to be who he is today. But he was also very busy with grad school and some other nefarious things involving his old pal Buddy Weiser, so a lot of the Chunkification fell on me.
His class schedule this semester is such that he has classes three days during the work week (and once on Saturdays) starting at 5:30 p.m.
I spoke to my HR lady at work and asked if it would be possible for me to work 8:30 to 4:30 three days a week so I could be home by 5:00 so he can go to class. I added it that this schedule would only be until the middle of May (when the semster ends)--Big Boss is kind of a late-bloomer, he likes to really get rolling with work at about 3:00 p.m. every day--to make it a bit more palatable to them. HR lady told me it wouldn't be a problem. Have I mentioned I love my job?
We really really lucked out with this whole thing.
First that he will be able to stay at home with Moochie for five months, and then watch both boys over the summer and still go to school.
That saves us a buttload of money. We figured even if he was still working full time and we had to put Moochie in full time daycare--half of his monthly takehome pay would go straight into daycare. That's about $1200-$1300/month.
Crazy I know. But consider I was paying $800 a month to have Chunky in full time daycare not so long ago--and he's pretty independent. He can feed himself and wipe his own butt--two things that will save you money when you're looking at daycare. $1200/$1300 a month doesn't seem so far fetched when you put it in comparison.
Second, we're very lucky that he stumbled into the scholarship program he did that will pay his tuition and fees in exchange for teaching in Newark for three years. If not for that program, there's no way he'd be able to go to school full time in order to start student teaching (and pulling a paycheck again!) in January 2010.
Third, the start of the semester overlaps my maternity leave just right. Dr. Mad Scientist will have four weeks to get into his new schedule while I'm still at home. He won't be thrown head first into Stay At Home Daddyhood all by himself. Not that he couldn't do it, but he's got some meetings and school orientations that are happening before 5:30 p.m. that he'd have to miss if I was working and not home to stay with the Mooch.
Although today ends an era--I mean he trained sooo long to be a researcher--I think it's the start of an even better one!
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