How do you deal with going back to work?

Shannon - posted on 06/12/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I will be returning to work in about 4 weeks. And I am not sure how to deal with leaving my baby for 8 hours a day 5 days a week.

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Jennica - posted on 07/25/2009

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aww...its gonna be okay! i was frustrated about that myself too but i managed to get her in at the head start where i work and she is right next door and i can go see her when my kids go down for nap or when we are outside playing. she isn't upset not to see me so i don't go see her as often anymore. Really, she didn't mind me leaving the first day! which hurt my feelings! babies are different...

Debra - posted on 07/23/2009

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Esther - posted on 06/12/2009

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Is your baby going to go to daycare? If so, I would recommend taking him/her there a few days before you have to go back to work so you can both get used to it. It will still be hard at first. I cried the first day and was only able to leave my son (he was 12 weeks at the time) for 2 hours before I went and picked him up again. The next day I think I left him for 6 hours but I was glued to the webcam (my daycare has a webcam) the entire time. But it gets much easier and frankly, if I won the lottery today and was able to be a stay-at-home mom, I'm still not sure I would take him out of daycare as I can see how much he loves being there and how much he has benefitted from it. I'm a first-time mom (I'm guessing you are too) and my son's daycare has also been an invaluable support for me during this first year. It's great to see other kids the same age so you can kind of see what's normal & what's not. To have the reassurance that he's progressing the way he's supposed to. They also helped me get him on a schedule, transition him from a bottle to a sippy, from two naps to one etc. When he has a cold or a rash or whatever I can ask them for tips. Not too long ago my son & I had a playdate with my friend and her son who is 9 months older than mine (which at 17 months is clearly a lifetime) and they were almost exactly at the same level of development in terms of motor skills, language skills etc. and my son was far ahead of hers in his social skills. My friend's son is a smart boy but he stays home with grandma and I think the more structured environment that a daycare can offer can really be beneficial (and my son is not exceptionally ahead of the game, the other kids in his class are at the same level as him). I really credit his daycare with that. So I think you need to make sure you find a childcare arrangement that you can really feel good about and where you know that your baby will be taken care off & given all the cuddles and kisses that you want him/her to receive (trust me, I still check the webcam to make sure they are kissing him on a regular basis ;) and then you just have to tell yourself that you are doing what you need to do for yourself, your family and for your baby and make sure that when you are with your baby you really devote that time to enjoying him/her. Don't let anything distract you from that (like doing dishes etc. - get paper plates). Good luck! You will be fine.

Natalie - posted on 06/12/2009

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tell me about it ! I'm back at work next week !!! for three days and having to leave my daughter for ten hours each day !!! .........getting very upset now it's so close ! but on the positive side she has had a couple of settleling in sessions and she seems to love it, and loves being around other babies...which makes me feel better, she always seems really buzzed when i picked her up from these sessions, so basically are you thinking of day care ? and if so do you get settleling in sessions ? i'd def recommend them.



Also becaue i work an hour away fro where i live (and where my daughter will be) I have booked her first full day in nursery off, i know that sounds weird, but i'd rather see how it goes and be close to her than have t literally go into work that same day ! i'll be n bits !!!! ....mybe you could try some of the ame things ? might back you fel a bit better !



good luck

Natalie - posted on 06/12/2009

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tell me about it ! I'm back at work next week !!! for three days and having to leave my daughter for ten hours each day !!! .........getting very upset now it's so close ! but on the positive side she has had a couple of settleling in sessions and she seems to love it, and loves being around other babies...which makes me feel better, she always seems really buzzed when i picked her up from these sessions, so basically are you thinking of day care ? and if so do you get settleling in sessions ? i'd def recommend them.



Also becaue i work an hour away fro where i live (and where my daughter will be) I have booked her first full day in nursery off, i know that sounds weird, but i'd rather see how it goes and be close to her than have t literally go into work that same day ! i'll be n bits !!!! ....mybe you could try some of the ame things ? might back you fel a bit better !



good luck

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