On Returning to Work after Maternity Leave

Posted January 26, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, Work, Working Mom / 26 Comments

Well my 12 weeks of maternity are over now and it is time to return to work. I have very mixed feelings about this. Yes, I enjoy my job and the people I work with, and yes I need the paycheck obviously. But, there are things about being home with my baby that I am definitely going to miss.

  • I’m going to miss our morning snuggles. After my husband (aka Elbows) left for work in the mornings, I would bring Baby H into bed and nurse nap with him. He is incredibly snuggly.
  • I’m going to miss going for walks when the sun is out. Unfortunately, business hours means I’m away while the sun is up. So now I’ll only be able to take him for walks in the stroller on weekends since it is pitch black by the time I come home (thank you winter, go away already). I am looking forward to the summer months when the sun will still be up when I get home, and maybe we can do a quick stroll around the neighborhood.
  • Our nursing relationship will change. Obviously it is so much more pleasant to nurse a sweet baby than to express breast milk via pump whenever I can get away at work. But, at least I’ll still be giving him some of the good stuff with all my immunities.
  • Missing out on firsts. Well, unless he saves his firsts for weekends or evenings, it is likely that our nanny will see many of his firsts. But, I guess that means he gets to practice them before showing them off to me.
  • I’m just going to miss being with him all day. Coming home in the evening hours means I only get a few hours with him before bedtime. But at least bath time is all mine (well, and hubby’s).

Even though this will be hard, I’m sure work will keep me busy and distracted enough so that I don’t constantly think about how much I miss the little guy. No mommy guilt allowed, as I mentioned in my goals for this year, so I’m keeping all the positives in mind.

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26 responses to “On Returning to Work after Maternity Leave

  1. Sue

    Oh Julie it is hard going back to work and leaving your darling little one. I went back after 6 weeks which was so hard – that was 34 years ago! Now, my daughter has returned to work after 9 months maternity leave. It is really a juggling act! Hats off to you all.

    • Wow lucky for your daughter, 9 months is awesome! Though, I don’t know if I could get my work brain back again after being away that long. But 6 weeks, ouch!

  2. All the best as you go back to work; so wonderful you’re focusing on the positives as you accept what’s inevitable.

    I was able to take almost a year out; work arrangements for mums are more conducive for this in the UK.

    I’m glad that you can also still continue your breastfeeding relationship with your little one. All the very best as you move into a new phase in your journey. #TheList 24

    • Thanks 🙂 It is great that other countries offer more time off, and I don’t think any amount of time makes this an easy transition. But I’ve been back for a month now and it feels like I never left.

  3. Aw, I know how hard it is to leave snuggly babies and go to work. I had used up my leave because I was on bedrest with my first son so I went back to work when he was 7 weeks old. Good for you not having mommy guilt, its hard making the best decisions for your family but they are yours to make. Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSunday linky. Tweeted.

  4. Thank you for sharing this with Celebrate Southern last week. I am sure that this is hard, and the adjustment won’t be easy, but you are supporting your family and thinking of Baby H first. You are one strong women! xoxo

  5. I am going through the decision making process right now about whether to return to work or extend my leave. I am still in two minds. It is such a difficult decision to make but a very personal one. We all do what is in the best interests of our family and that is all that matters. Thanks for linking up at #mum-bomonday

    • It is a difficult decision. For me it was always the plan to return to work since doing without my income is not an option. But it was really hard to go back. Good luck making this decision for yourself, and you’re right – we do what is in our family’s best interest.

  6. Liz

    No mommy guilt allowed – so true yet sometimes so hard. My daughter is two and those 4 months of maternity leave are treasured parts of my heart. So many walks, and just quiet moments soaking up some sun. Focus on those moments 🙂

  7. Stopping by from the Mommy Moments link up! Going back to work IS hard, but it makes the time you get to spend with baby that much sweeter. I struggle with this every time, but it always works out!

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