returning to work - HELP!

Laura - posted on 03/29/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I had my first child 12 weeks ago, and now have to return to work this wednesday. I'm nervous! I'm nervous for my daughter to go to day care.....is her schedule going to change? What if she doesn't like her caregivers? I'm nervous to to have to go to work....I am a cancer nurse and I give chemotherapy to patients....it's been 4 months since I have been to work and am afraid I have forgotten things and that I will make a mistake at work. Also, I am most nervous of being able to do it all. I feel as though I have to figure out how to be supermom.....I have been exhausted taking care of my daighter and the house, cooking, cleaning, etc.....and now to return to work full time.....yikes! Any advice or encouraging words?

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Sarina - posted on 04/01/2009

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I know exactly what you are going thru. my baby is one year old. i have to return to work in couple weeks and i am feeling these same things. its hard leaving them with someone else to be taken care. Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do. good luck and pray for me to.... Take care.

Bree - posted on 04/01/2009

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I think you are feeling like every other working mom - but once you do it - it will all be okay.  Don't worry.  Also - read the book "A working gal's guide to babyville" - changed my life - made everyhting so much better.  Its a good resource for the first few weeks/months home with baby, but i think you would get some comfort out of it as well.  Good luck to you.

Bridget - posted on 03/31/2009

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You will be fine.  Take a day at a time.  It is nice to return to work and have adult time with adult interaction.  I am a mother of 2 and have a very demanding career.  I go day to day and adjust to whatever is thrown at me.  As far as forgetting what you are doing at work, it is like riding a bike you don't really forget.  You will get back to the swing of things and within a week you will feel as if you never were gone.



Take care!!

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it will get easier I find it easier at work then at home and I work 3-4 days a week so I get to be with them a lot and get a break and do what I love. They will do great and be better for it having to socialize and not be with one person all the time and you will cherish the time with them more. Just try to relax and take one thing at a time it will be fine.

Ingrid - posted on 03/31/2009

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Laura,

Thank God you had the opportunity to stay 12 weeks with your child. I had to come back to work when my daugther turned 7 weeks. I was terrified to leave my daugther in a daycare at that early age...However, we found a great daycare, where they're taking care of her as I never imagined! In addition, for $20 a month I have access to the daycare camera system, and I get to see her from the internet any time during the day. That is definitely a peace-of-mind, and something you would really like to do.... (if the daycare of your choice offers it).

First week is hard, but you will get thru it once you realize they're taking good care of her...! I still miss her terribly, but looking at the internet and seeing she's doing great makes me realize of all the positive things she's going to experience.

All the best,
Ingrid

Emily - posted on 03/30/2009

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You'll be fine. She'll be fine. It will get easier everyday. hang in there!

Sandra - posted on 03/30/2009

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Good Moring Laura,



Relax....your going to be amazed how it is all going to flow.....it might be alittle rocky at first but you will get into a groove. I am not saying thats its always easy but we always manage to do what we need to do...the ways and the means just come......



Please don't do the supermom thing......it's a killer, lol.......you don't have to be....be the best that you can be; that changes from day to day so be gentle with yourself.  I am sending you off a blessing at this very moment.



Sandra 

Angela - posted on 03/29/2009

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Laura,



  There are lots of us who have to go back to work. I too had to come back to a full time job. Its hard. Make sure you know your daycare provider. Take a picture of your little one to work with you, its nice to look up once in awhile and see that little face.



  I am very blessed, I get to work swing shift so i am home all day with my daughter and my hubby is home at night with her. You are not the only one. Its too bad that we cant just all be stay at home mommies. You will just treasure every moment with your little one a little more. Good luck to you. And prayers work too!

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