Monday, March 5, 2012

Working Mama

I haven't been great about keeping up with my blog, but I will be back soon.

I've spent the last 17 weeks soaking up every last bit of my baby boy. Truth be told, I probably haven't turned on or sat at my computer more than 15 times since November 10th (I have used my iPhone- I'm not Amish people). I'm not going to lie, it was kinda nice.

I go back to work next week and I'm anxious, devastated, hurting, and scared about it. Everyone told me that I'd be so ready to go back-- but I'm not.

Unfortunately, money talks and the choice isn't mine.

Devastated is the understatement of the century. I cannot picture myself walking in there next Wednesday and quite honestly, the only thing I can picture is myself collapsing over the weight of it all.

I know most of my bloggy friends are stay at home moms. If any of you working mamas have any advice I'd love to hear it.

It's going to take every ounce of strength left in me to say goodbye to my little doll each day, but it won't kill me, will it?

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Ashley said...

Oh my those blue eyes are breathtaking! He is such a beautiful baby boy! You're so lucky to have had so much time off with him. I will only get 6 weeks and I am not sure how I'll manage to leave him each morning and he's not even here yet! :(

Good luck on your first day back. It won't be easy but I'm sure after the first few days it will slowly get easier.

LivingLifeLarson said...

You are incredibly lucky to have been home with him this long but I'm sure that just makes it harder to go back:( I came back to work on 01/23 and the first few weeks were awful...I cried...I dreamed of winning the lottery so I didn't have to work...and I all but sprinted out of here every evening. It will be ok...you will cherish your evenings with him so much and eventually you will get used to it. You are giving him a better life by providing for him:) GOOD LUCK!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I don't have kids but I can only imagine how hard this will be. But just remember everyday you'll be able to come home to that smiling face! Something to look forward to during the workday!

Nap Mom said...

I work and I have 3 kids. I enjoy my job but I also feel like my kids love their daycare. You can tell if your baby likes his caregiver - he will squal with delight when he sees her and may even hold his arms out to her when you pick him up or drop him off. THIS IS A GOOD SIGN!!!!

Now, my preschooler begs to stay at school when i pick him up in the afternoons. THIS IS A GOOD SIGN!!!!

Have some premade meals ready so that you can spend your evenings holding your baby and not prepping and cleaning up after meals. Plan to spend lots of extra cuddle time while he transitions to this new arrangement.

Do you have a MOPS group in your area (often at a local church)? An evening MOPS group might have some working moms to help talk you through the transition.

It gets easier... it does get easier. I'm not gonna lie though... the first day is tough.

Also, if you are still breastfeeding, I took a back-to-work breastfeeding class that was awesome. However, you could get the same information from "Milk Memos." If you are not rbeastfeeding, you might still give the book a try because it was sritten by moms and for moms with new babies who are recently back to work - how they cope, how they feel, and so on. It does deal with the logistics of pumping at work... but there is lots in there about transitioning back to work in general. I think you really might like it.

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A.D. said...

For me, it's still not easy, but I don't agonize over it all day like I did the first few weeks after maternity leave. LJ LOVES her day care, but we still have some mornings were she just wants to be with mama and clings to me when I leave...those are the worst!

E @ Oh! Apostrophe said...

It will get easier! Hang in there and in the meantime, spend every second enjoying your son and don't waste a single second of your time with him worrying about going back to work.

Alena: Oh, Its Just Perfect! said...

Oh...he is beyond adorable Ashely. Those eyes!! I'm sure being away from him will be extremely hard, but I'm sure it gets easier with time. Good luck and I'll be thinking about you. xo

Girl of The Grove said...

This is my biggest fear. : ( Good luck!

Megan said...

he is absolutely adorable.

Baby Mama said...

He is so cute! I can't believe how big he is!

jv726 said...

It's definitely hard the first couple of weeks being away from them after you start work! For me it helped to take her to daycare a couple of days before I started work. I got to drop her off at daycare, have a good cry, and then go get a pedicure which was much nicer than sitting at my desk worrying about her!
It may not be ideal to leave him at daycare, but I think daycare is a good thing! My daughter is so much more social with other kids from going, and she absolutely loves the girls who take care of her. Its fun to see her interacting with the other kids her age.
Good luck on your first day back!

Hilary Lane said...

I'm not a mommy (yet), but I picked a career that won't let me stay home with the babes, either. I know it seems like 99% of bloggers are SAHMs, but I love that there are a minor few out there that are in the same spot I'll be in one day. Good luck going back to work! Just take everything one task at a time and think of everything as being one step closer to being back home and it'll be time to leave before you know it.

hotpants™ said...

It's hard at first, but it does get better. It just makes you cherish every minute you do have at home. You'll find yourself making the most of your afternoons and weekends. And, obviously, money is a necessary evil. You're providing for your family which is a great thing.

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