Have to go back to work in a week, what are some tips to make the transition easier?

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Patty - posted on 01/25/2009

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Thanks, this really helps a lot. I don't have the choice to go back (the perks of the military life). I was only given 6 weeks off. I will take many photos with me, I have a wonderful sitter who understands completely. Just wish I could stay home with him and only work occasionally. I'm sure there will be many tears, but I feel better knowing I have your love and support to help me through this. Thanks again!

Leslie - posted on 01/25/2009

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I'm a first time mom to my son Finn (who is 2 months and 1 week old).  I start work tomorrow.  Your posts have made me feel better.  My husband is staying home with him full time and has promised to drop him by every once in a while.  He actually is coming to work tomorrow during lunch!  I have lots of pictures in my office already but I will bring more!  Thank you so much for the tips.  I'm really nervous about going back.

Renee - posted on 01/23/2009

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I cried a lot my first day back to work!  Baby could sense my stress and was also stressed that day - he wouldn't eat!  But the next day was better, and it kept getting easier. Remember to bring lots of pictures (try taking a current one on your cell phone), and find out if it's okay to call your daycare provider to check in; I wouldn't survive if I wasn't able to call and hear my Baby's laughter. 

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My husband stays home, so transitioning back to work was not as difficult for me. However, the first week I was back at work I only worked half-days, generally 3-4 hours. It gave me the chance to settle back into a routine (like showering every morning!) and ease back into working. I was still nursing when I went back to work with my oldest, and the half-days gave us a chance to figure out how that was going to work out. Good luck!!

Jeanne - posted on 01/23/2009

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When I went back with my first, my husband took time off to be the care provider. He chose to take two months off, but one or two weeks would have given us most of the benefits. The benefits are



- I took care to tell my husband all the little things he'd need to know that I might otherwise not think to tell him, and he paid close attention.



- My husband because just as much an expert in caring for our son than I was, which set the stage for equal parenting.



- It was much easier for me to go back to work, knowing our son was with his dad. Then when daycare started, I was used to leaving the baby and it wasn't so bad.



I highly recommend it if at all possible.

Sally - posted on 01/23/2009

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Hi - I agree with Christy's response. Make sure you are comfortable with the daycare/nanny. Keep in mind they will do things differently than you but if you have chosen them, trust that action and know that they will take care of your baby. At work, have pictures of your baby, keep as occupied as you can. Keep in mind that your decision to go back to work is necessary at your household and there are plenty of loving, working moms that must do the same. Don't think of this as something you are sacraficing (time away from your baby). Instead, think of what a role model you can be for your baby as a working mom. Talk to other working moms. You can even write down your feelings, it may help you cope with them. It will get easier. Above all, know that your baby will love you always, because no matter how many hours you are away from him/her, you are his/her mommy. Best of luck

Jessica - posted on 01/20/2009

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i took my son to the sitters a couple days before the day i started back to work and left him there a few hrs at a time so he would get to know the sitter, and it was easler on me.

Christy - posted on 01/20/2009

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Make sure you are comfortable with your daycare provider. Bring lots of pictures to work with you. The first day is the hardest! I went back to work when my baby was 3 months. My difficulty was compounded by the fact that I was starting a new job. I had quit my other job while I was on maternity leave. It gets easier as time goes by. I guess the main thing is that you know your baby is in good hands. Best wishes!

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