I still can’t believe my year long mat leave has come to an end!
I returned to work in September and it’s taking some getting use to, overall I would say it’s been somewhat of a smooth transition and here’s how I managed:
Keep in touch days:
During my maternity leave i stayed in contact with my colleagues mainly to catch up on the latest gossip but occasional updates on new systems and processes! Like I said “occasional “
Before returning to work I went into work for a day just to get a taster or reminder if you like of a typical working day! Although I was more interested in taking a tour of our new office, seating plans and finding out where my stuff had got to haha!
But honestly going into work that day made my first day back less daunting but rather I was excited to go back!
Whilst I’m at work my husband will be solely responsible for my baba! (Scary thought! ) I could probably count with my hands the amount of times I have left Baba completely alone with my husband!
My parents and siblings are always a phone call away if need be. I left my husband to attend to Baba a few mornings just so I could observe , I have all faith in him to step up to the challenge!
Establishing a sleep routine is essential. My husband works lates 6 days a week and i work during the day 5 days a week! This means my baba has his last bottle around midnight so that he is asleep during the day with my husband! Unfortunately it means I get less sleep but ” life is full of compromise!”
A few weeks before returning to work I was like
“OMG I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!”
I pulled out my workwear from storage which I packed away at the beginning of my mat leave and tried on everything! And had a mini celebration whenever an item of clothing still fit me!
I then made a list of clothing I needed and shopped like mad! Haha! I made sure I brought heels just so that I could feel like me again!
I know things don’t always go according to plan but doesn’t mean you stop trying to make it work!
Returning to work after mat leave is like starting a new job! I say go in with a positive mindset and accept the support of people around you!
I would love to know how working mama’s out there managed and to those still on leave, make the most of your precious mama and baba time!”