As the title suggests my maternity leave is coming to an end, it is literally a stone’s throw away. In 12 days time I return to work, and within that time frame I have 2 KIT (Keep In Touch) days lined up in work, and BritMums blogging conference, so really it is only 9 days. As well as this she has an hour in nursery every day next week, so I know the time is going to fly and I’ll be back at work before I know it.
I can’t believe it is nearly over, when I finished work last year at 37 week’s pregnant I thought a year would last a lifetime. A year off work, sounds like such a long time, in reality it has gone so quickly. The sleepless nights, the dark days of breastfeeding all day long, seem like a dream now (for anyone reading this and are in the early days of having a newborn, those moments pass – do not worry). My little girl is growing up so quickly that I can barely picture what she looked like when she was 6 week’s old without looking at a photo.
A while ago I wrote a post about returning to work after maternity leave, and at the time I didn’t know “how” (logistically) I would go back to work, I’ve decided that I will go back full time – working 4 days in the office and 1 day at home. On the days that I am in the office my daughter will go to nursery, and on the day that I am working at home, my daughter will be with me. We have set-up an area in our house for me to work, and purchased a play pen (baby jail) where my daughter can play whilst I’m working. Luckily I’ve been able to test this theory on many occasions, as she has let me blog away whilst she has played happily.
I have my concerns and worries about going back to work, how will I manage my day, how will I manage to make myself presentable in the morning, get my daughter ready, get out of the house and get her to nursery, and then get myself onto the train to London Bridge, and be in the office for 8.45am. I then have the concern about shoe-horning a working day into shorter hours, and leaving at 5pm to collect my daughter from nursery. Before I went on maternity leave I was one of those people who worked long hours giving it my all. Now I will need to be much more efficient with my time, prioritising and learning when to say no to a task, and explaining that it will need to wait until tomorrow. Plenty of people at work have children, so I know that it is possible.
Will I then have the guilt of not being “good” enough at work, and not being “good” enough at being a Mum. Will there be enough hours in my week, and do I have enough me to give to a full-time job, a husband, my daughter, my house, my family, my friends and lastly my blog.
As well as this have I also made the most of maternity leave, have I done enough? I’ve spent the last year funding the local coffee shops, hanging with the NCT girls, and chatting about babies -is this enough? As well as feeding, nurturing and bringing up my daughter into the amazing 11-month old she is now. I know that I need to spend the next 12 days with her as much as I can, our Mummy and daughter days are numbered, there won’t be another maternity leave when it’s just me and her again, so I definitely need to make the most of it, putting the hoovering and floor mopping to one side for a short time.
How did you manage on your return to work after maternity leave, I would love to hear from you.