Returning To Work After Baby
Heading Back To Work, The How To’s and Must Do’s
Been there, done that and I know the struggle. Rather you’ve had planned paid leave or the pandemic forced you into a leave, it’s never easy to head back to work after being home with your babies. I can still remember the first time I returned to work at I had my oldest Tyler. It was only 12 days after I had him, crazy I know. I was young and worked in a restaurant. My boss called me and told me that they fired someone and that they would either hire someone new or I could take her shifts and become full time. At the time I was making between $300-$500 a night so the obvious decision was to return to work, but man was it hard.
From the moment I hung up the phone the anxiety immediately set in. How will he sleep without my snuggles? Will he take a bottle, will he miss my voice? Will he be ok? We just spent the last 10 months together, how could we possibly part from each other now. While I knew everything would be ok the mom guilt really set in.
For Whatever reason I thought I would be more prepared when it came to my second and third babies. Man was I wrong! While I did take more time with each one it never got easier. I would have the same fears and the same guilt no matter how much I tried to prepare. It was the same feeling after the first time I left Kadie to go to the store by myself. I’ve been a stay at home mom with her the entire time but as soon I went out the door without her I had the same rush of anxiety as I did so long ago. The familiar mom fear that we all dread.
While I can’t sit here and tell you it will be easy, I can give you some tips that helped me when I left my babies for the first time. These tips are suggestions for at home sitters or nannies. However, I did work in a daycare for 6 years so I know what to expect from the other end. Hopefully this can help you if you are putting your lo into a daycare center. Make sure to read the second note as it advice that will be more geared for you for some tips.