Leaving my baby when i return to work any tips on how to cope!

Natasha - posted on 01/06/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My maternity leave is coming to an end very soon my son is all set to go to nursery for two days a week and it seems like a very nice place but i just dont feel ready to leave him. I wish i could stay at home and look after him myself but finances say otherwise how have other people coped with leaving their little one and settling back into work life?

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User - posted on 01/07/2009

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It is tough. I went back to work after being home nearly 8 weeks with my first and just cried when I dropped her off at day care for the first week. The tears just didn't want to go away when I got to work either. You know, the thing that got me through most days was looking forward to seeing her when I did get off work. It's true, absence does make the heart grow fonder. You really do need to have some adult time too. It's a break well deserved.

Becky - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi there, this was really tough for me as well and I spent much of the first week crying in my office, while I pumped of course. For me, two things helped. One, developing a great relationship with the people at our daughter's daycare center. It helped me to know that she was really well taken care of. Second, I also spent the first couple of weeks dropping in to say hello or give her a cuddle. It takes time but you will get there! Best of luck!

Bridget - posted on 01/06/2009

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I feel for you, I just went back full time this week! I was lucky enough to work from home for a few weeks which helped with the transition. My daughter's daycare is also close to my work, which allows me to duck out during lunch or if I have time and am feeling that pull to see her. I would recommend taking him to the nursery for a day when you are not working and actually free to do anything, kind of like a trial run. You can go back and get him anytime and get a chance to get used to the idea of being away from him. Even if you are just running errands, it will be worth it to know you can get him whenever. We did this one day a couple weeks before I went back, and she was happy when I left her, happy when I picked her up, she took all her bottles ok, and she slept really well that night. It also gave me a chance to take lots of time to leave her, get her items set up for the day, etc. On my first day back, I was so rushed that morning that I didn't have as much time to get her settled at daycare, I was glad to have done it once already. Good luck, you and he will be just fine!!

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