Maternity leave is certainly a time of mixed emotions – especially with your first child. On the one hand, you’re changing diapers around the clock, getting spat or vomited on, and just trying to make sense of your new life with a baby. On the other hand, you’re in awe of this beautiful miracle that God has blessed you with.
Here in Canada, we are very lucky to be able to take 12 or 18 months of maternity leave. Even still, every mother will tell you that this time flies by way too quickly. Just when you feel like you’re getting into the swing of things and forming a routine with your baby, it’s time to go back. A part of you might be really looking forward to this so you can get out of the house more, have conservations with adults, and feel like you accomplish something more than just feeds and diaper changes in a day. But at the same time you might be sad, anxious, and have all sorts of questions popping up in your head.
Will my baby be okay without me? Am I going to hate myself for going back to work and leaving my baby behind?How will I get ready, get my child ready, and also make it to work on time every morning? How will I focus at work when I have so much on my mind?
I am a full-time working mom (currently on my second maternity leave). My daughter went to daycare for almost three years before starting kindergarten at school. I have asked myself all of these questions. I have cried and been stressed to a level I didn’t think was possible. But I’ve also felt really happy at other times, too, for being able to do what I do.
Besides the obvious question of daycare, which I think is a completely separate topic and blog post on its own, I am sharing with you my top five tips to help make your transition back to work a little smoother. (more…)