Back to Work…Back to Reality.

by Sarah on November 20, 2012

Today marks the beginning of the end of my maternity leave. Seven months after my world was turned upside down by our little bundle of fun I must return to the fray and start using my brain in an altogether very different way. I’m only working three of my ‘keep in touch’ days this week yet I feel completely overwhelmed at the prospect of turning my mind from Dylan to make something else my priority for a whole eight hours, as he has become my every waking thought. I know that might not sound healthy – but I honestly never imagined I’d find motherhood so all-consuming, I relish every second I spend with him and whilst I know I must {and in many ways want to} get back to my old routine and re-aquaint myself with that side of my personality again…I have to admit I’m a little worried that my new-found absent-mindedness might also follow me to the office.

Here’s what tricks my ‘baby brain’ played on me this week…

  • I placed a dirty nappy in the washing machine. This has become regular practice.
  • Neglected to pay for a parking ticket – no fine, thank goodness.
  • Shut the cat in the nursery and left the house for a good three hours. He hadn’t pee’d anywhere but had a good scratch of the carpet.
  • Left my keys on wrong side of front door…again, one of my new “things”
  • Discovered {after finding it grated and placed back in the fridge} that I’d made Dylan a cheese sauce – sans cheese.

Which begs the question…Is the working world quite ready to have me back?

Anyone else been experiencing back to work woes?

Love Sarah xxx

PS Image via Careerealism

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patricia | unfounddoor November 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Oh I feel you. I have been back at work 2 months now and it has been just the hardest, hardest adjustment. :(

Everyone tells me it gets easier, and I am certainly doing *far* better than I was (both emotionally and performance-wise) but I am rethinking my options. Its hard to leave Mister G in nursery or even at home with his dad part-time…on the plus side his relationship with his dad seems closer than when I was full time maternity leave, and he really does seem to enjoy playing with the other babies (I know if I’d stayed home I would need to really make myself do more social activities with him rather than whacking him in the wrap and heading to galleries or to the park on our own… I’m not much of a joiner;)

I work in a profession where long hours are regularly expected and I simply have different priorities these days…But I earn significantly more than my husband who works in a creative field, so it’s a hard one to balance!

I hope it gets easier for you and that you find an arrangement you are comfortable with.

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Sarah November 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Thank Patricia,

It’s nice to hear that it does get easier – I found that I was clock watching last week…every nap, every bottle, play time – I wanted to be there doing it with him.

Lovely that your husband and son have deepened their bond throught this though & I do think its really good for children to be in Nursery or with a childminder and around other kids (like you I err on the side of solitary activities!) as they learn so many social skills…

I guess the adjustment just takes time.

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment – lovely to hear from you xx

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