It's amazing because even though I had 9 months off I didn't even feel like I had been gone! I remembered how to work all the systems, where everything was and to be honest apart from a few new faces, nothing had changed haha! I'm lucky to have to fab co-workers who gave me a warm welcome back so I felt totally at ease.
I'm luck to be only part-time so I still get lots of time with Indiana, but it's also great to have a bit of time off from being a mummy. Speaking to adults and having a gossip reminds me of my pre-baby days and it's great to feel more than just Indie's mummy. I'm also quite enjoying putting on my uniform and having a bit more of a routine in my weeks. Having a baby is damn hard work, so it's nice to have a break from that too - on the days I work it's a nice thought to think Jack has changed more nappies than me haha.
Me being at work has meant a big change for Indiana too. She seems to be settling in well at nursery and making a few new friends - she's the youngest there at the moment so they all think she's a great new toy haha. She's so happy to see me after and I now get the huge smiles and cuddles instead of Jack. I love reading about what she's been up to when she's been in and Jack always makes sure to keep me informed on how she is during his breaks.
It's hard to hear when she has been teary or upset as I just want to run straight there and take her home. But I know she'll be completely settled soon enough and that this is normal. I also always try to remember that if anything was seriously wrong Jack is never far away (I know he makes excuses just to go see her anyway haha).
Overall we've settled back into the working/nursery routine quite nicely now. I'm lucky to have loads of holiday this month as it's my birthday so it's easing me in gently. But I definitely think this has been a positive change for our family and I think in the long run we're all benefiting. Especially Indie, as mummy working means more money to spoil her with haha :).
How did you feel when you returned to work?