tips for returning to work

Stacey - posted on 05/13/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone -- I'm going back to work full time after a year of maternity leave. I have not been apart from my daughter for more than three hours, ever. She loves her daycare so I think she'll have a great time away from me. But I am extremely concerned that I won't be able to get back into work, at all.

I'd like to hear how you managed to transition back into the workplace after your maternity leave. Did something make it easier for you? I'd be interested to know if there were specific things you did to prepare for work the night before or planning things to make your household run smoothly?

Thanks.

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Sara - posted on 05/14/2009

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When I went back to work DS was only 4.5 months old :( I went back and worked 6 hours - early, too. So I picked him up after lunch. My DH took him to the sitters.

It was a nice transition to still see him allot - but I was fulltime 5 months later!

I made sure things were easy to find and prepared what I could for my DH the night before and that morning.

But I found out I didn't like the sitter I was taking him to - they made me feel guilty for leaving him there and when I was emotional they told me I was jealous. Jealous wasn't it at all! I was sad... So I stopped taking him there when I went back fulltime... not soon enough - make changes to make you feel better no matter how non-sensical they are to others!

Also I still breastfeed my 17 month old when we get home from daycare. Just once is all we need - but it is the bonding we had those first 4 months...

Lisa - posted on 05/13/2009

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The first time is always the hardest...I always made sure I had the diaper bag packed up the night before and my daughter's and my clothes picked out....I didn't think I would be able to go back to work but I just went and tried to not think about what my daughter was doing with the sitter, but one thing that always helped was the sitter kept a journal of what she was doing and how the day went...other than that you just have to take it one day at a time and learn your own routine...good luck

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