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Confessions of a Radio Mom

Posted by amandadickson on August 18, 2005 at 07:00 AM | Permalink

This is my first step into the world of blogging, and I must admit - I'm a wee bit proud of myself.  I've enjoyed reading various blogs for months and decided it's time I add my voice to the choir.

I came back to work a couple weeks ago after nearly three months of maternity leave.  That is one of the benefits of waiting until you're an old broad to have your first baby - you've accumulated so much bank sick leave you can afford to take the whole three months off.  I must say - it is good to be back.  I missed being a part of the world, aware of what was going on.  Maternity leave was like sensory deprivation for me - good - but a challenge.

And while I say that I am glad to be back, which I honestly am, I miss that baby so much sometimes it hurts.  I keep the pictures of Ethan minimized on my computer every morning so I can maximize them from time to time and see his face.  I never linger too long so as not to get distracted and miss my cue. 

People have asked me how having a child has changed me.  It would be easier to tell you how I have not changed.  This beautiful baby boy has changed so profoundly every facet of my life, every cell of my being.  I think of everything differently, appreciate my job more for the ability it gives me to provide for my family, think of stories differently for the effect they have on children and families.  I am not the same woman I was before I left the air back in May.

I want to thank all of you for your kind emails and wishes to me during my time off.  I received so many words of wisdom and kindness during those weeks, and I read them all.  Thank you for your generosity.  I am honored to have you as listeners and friends. 

Now - back to the news. . . .


Welcome back Amanda!! It is great to hear your stories. Keep up the blogging.

Posted by: anon | Aug 19, 2005 7:53:03 AM

It was so nice to read your comments. I am so glad that you and your beautiful baby are doing so well. Take care of yourself, and God bless.

Posted by: Tammie | Aug 19, 2005 10:55:38 AM

I have been listening to your work since you started on Saturdays. I have appreciated your veiw point. I,too, am not native to Utah. Not that this makes us different, we sometimes see things from another perspective. The added insight is helpful. Keep up the good work, and thank Ethan for his sacrifice.

Posted by: Valarie | Aug 19, 2005 6:51:17 PM

I think it was a great blog. Your great! Keep up the great work.

Posted by: Deb | Aug 22, 2005 1:00:07 PM

Hi Amanda I have followed you career for a number of years. I worked with you at K-talk radio as a producer for the Martin Davies show. I used to help you prepare your news reports. Back then I knew you would go far because you were so talented. Keep up the great work.

Posted by: Ken Bingham | Aug 22, 2005 5:29:42 PM

I know what you mean, Amanda! I'm one month into my maternity leave with my own sweet baby boy. I miss the newsroom and being in the loop like crazy, but just when I get ansy I hear a robust cry for food and that keeps me occupied for a while. Glad you've joined the blog.

Posted by: Mary | Aug 24, 2005 1:13:51 PM

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