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Goodbye Maternity Leave, Hello Work...

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

So in 24 days (not that I'm counting haha) I'm returning to work and saying goodbye to my baby and my maternity leave. When I decided to take 9 months leave I had no worries, 9 months sounded like ages, and how could that fly by? But boy was I wrong! It's whizzed by and I just cannot believe it.

My job is nothing exciting, I work at my local John Lewis, but it suits me and I'm happy with it. I love all the people I work with and don't get me wrong I'm looking forward to seeing them all again, and catching up with everything I've missed. I'm also extremely lucky to not be working full time either. I'll be working a two week rota, so 4 days one week (including the whole weekend which I'm not excited to do haha), and just two days the next week.

Some of you may now be thinking I'm moaning over nothing, and I've still got loads of time to spend with Indiana, and that I'm hardly working. But to me it's going to be so hard! I've spent everyday for almost 9 months with my baby. We've probably spent most of the time doing absolutely nothing, just enjoying each others company and having as many cuddles as possible. But everyday is so special, and now as the days pass I just don't want it to end!

I have been thinking about all the positives though. The routine will probably do me good, as at the moment we don't really have one, apart from seeing my sister at least once a week. This will probably make me do loads on the days I have off in the week too, to make sure I'm making the most of our days together. I think a bit more adult company will be great as well, as there's only so much baby talk you can have a day haha. I'll also be able to switch off from 'mummy Emily' and to just be myself again, although I bet I'll spend all day talking about Indie, or thinking about what she's getting up to haha.


The best thing about this all is that I know Indie's going to have so much fun! You probably already know that Jack works in a nursery. Yes this does mean that we get cheaper childcare (one of the many reasons I'm actually going back to work), but it also means I know that she's always going to be safe and happy with him around.

How did you feel returning to work after Maternity Leave?

13 comments :

  1. I really feel for you! I'm finding it so hard Osian going to nursery for just half a day. It's nice that she will be going to a nursery where her Dad works though :) so hopefully it will make it a little easier for you, and be nice for her xx

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  2. It's much harder for you than it is for them. They become such little social butterflies & it's wonderful to have another environment to explore. Good luck xx

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  3. Aw I can totally understand how hard it's going to be at the start. You're right about all the positives though and that's amazing that she gets to be at a nursery where her Daddy is! I hope the next 24 days don't go too fast xx

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  4. My first day back is today! I miss by baby already but I know she is ok. I wrote this on Monday about my feelings about returning to work:
    http://thelifeofericablog.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/the-cost-of-being-mum/

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  5. I can only imagine how hard it will be :( Hope it goes smoothly xx

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  6. I'm due to go back to work in 5 weeks after 13 months off! It's only really starting to hit me how hard it's going to be leaving Toby at nursery full time. You're so lucky to have Indiana's dad working in the nursery!

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  7. Enjoy the tea and lunch breaks, going to the toilet in peace and talking to other adults. I went back to work my little girl was 11 months and it certainly made me organise my days off a lot better and made sure we did stuff.....I gave up 6 months later to be a childminder though!

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  8. I took a year off and at the end of it I was ready to go back to work! I think I needed some adult conversation again! I only work two days a week, but it's a nice balance. Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

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  9. The scariest thing for me will be leaving my son with strangers. When my son started pre-school that is my fear. Will they have the patience to stay with him? Though I know that it is sad to be far from your daughter it is nice that Jack will be there for her. Its bittersweet but this will I think make your time together more special =) #BinkyLinky

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  10. I am so lucky that mummy works from home. I am with her most of the time, or with my nan. I will be going to a toddler group for a morning in September :)

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  11. I think for me the thought of going back was worse than it actually was going back to work. But once I'm in work I'm distracted and my day whizzes by, before I know it Im driving home. I hope it goes well for you xx

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  12. Oh bless you, you're bound to be feeling the way you are! When I originally went on maternity leave at the end of March I thought 9 months, when I'd have to find a new job (because we've moved), would be a lifetime away, now it's feeling really close already! It's so nice you get to be part time, Indiana will love you for it when she's older :) xx #binkylinky

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  13. Such a big change but she'll be so thankful of it when she's older. It's inspiring seeing mummy going out to work just think what a great example you'll set her when she's older

    AliceMegan

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