Juggling work and baby

Lauren - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone



I'm new on here and a first time mom anxious about starting back to work in March.

I'm only going to begin with two days a week but am a bit anxious about whether I'll be able to keep it to that for a while without my workload ballooning to my needing more days to get it all done.

Would love to hear how others have managed to keep part time work part time?



Lauren

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Jaclynn - posted on 01/28/2009

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I'm starting back in April... and i am equally as anxious... I am finding great support in my husband and in other moms. I look back at being pregnant and all of the anxieties that come along with that and I remember telling my self, " you will always do the right thing... stick to your gut feelings" and applying that strategy helps. I'm reminded that i always put the baby first and that will be even more clear and precious when the time we have together is lessened. hang in there and enjoy your little one!
Jaclynn

Cyane - posted on 01/28/2009

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I am going to finally be a stay at home mm thanks to this fabulous company i am with. No qoutas and make my own schedule. if your intersted email me at CJewels4you@yahoo.com. You won't regret it!!

Beth - posted on 01/27/2009

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you are not being a whimp LOL i think everyone has the same concerns first starting back, my little guy is 7 months now and i had to go back full time when he was 8 wks...it is very true that you will find your groove, just dont put too much pressure on yoruself, there will be alot of trial and error, but that is how we learn...hang in there and good luck hon :)

Lauren - posted on 01/26/2009

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Thanks everyone. I know I'm just being a big wimp with this going back to work thing and am aware that it will take some adjusting to and in some respects will be good for me to have some time away to play another role other than 24/7 mom.



I guess I'm just worried about how I will set my boundaries with my employer. Like you said Jenny I may need to work outside of my alloted hours and I'm not sure if that will be fair to me and my family.



 



I think it'll take some time  to adjust to being away from Cana too since we really do spend almost 24/7 together. But luckily it'll be her dad or her grandma that will take over for those two days.

J. Celeste - posted on 01/26/2009

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I went back to work full time when my daughter was 8 weeks old. I was starting a new job and I wasn't eligible for maternity leave. It's sucked at first, but like one other mom said, I actually learned to like my time away. I work 6-8 hours a day and have some flexibility with my job, so it's better than some. You'll figure out a way so that it works for you. It might take a little while, but it'll come. My daughter is seven months now, and things are much better. She's sleeping better and I like her caregivers, so we have a good system.

Sara - posted on 01/26/2009

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I went back to work for 6 hours a day and managed to keep it so for around 5 months... But then I had to go back FT - :( But what I realized is I need to work - you will grow into what feels best between you and work and baby. Just make sure you really feel comfortable with the care you are getting from others. If they make you feel weird or unconfortable for any reason - get different help - or say something - you are the mommy now!

Good Luck to you!

Jenny - posted on 01/26/2009

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I'm a first time mom too, but my baby will be two in march. I managed to stay part time up until just recently by being honest and firm with my employer about my needs and my work load, and lots of support from my husband. Inevitably work piles up so once in a while I would work a few hours on the weekend to make up for it. It was actually a good thing because it gave my husband and baby time alone to bond.
I hope everything goes well for you, just don't be shy about asking for help when you need it!

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