Here’s another two-parter. I’m trying to keep these short because as a mom, you probably have very limited time to read AND if you’re like me, you have the attention span of a gnat.
I’m not going to lie to you. Your first day back to work from maternity leave is not going to be a super awesome experience. However, you have to bite the bullet and go back at some point so what can you do to make it a little less horrible?
- Try it out first. Hopefully you’ve already got child care set up. It’s a good idea to have your child ease into it by beginning them to their caregiver a few days before your leave ends. Most kids will not be so happy that you’re leaving them there. If you talk to any caregiver they’ll tell you – your baby will eventually stop crying and you lingering around and prolonging the drama doesn’t help much. You’ll feel like a jerk either way so just leave! If you do a trial run, you’ll get some of this emotion out before you have to show up to the office. Also, having your child at childcare for a few hours will help you get ready for work: get a haircut, shop whatever clothes you need, etc. Let me remind you once again… first time leaving the baby will stink, but, I’ve yet to hear my son say to me, “Mom, remember when I was a baby and you ruined my life by leaving me with a really nice lady and a bunch of fun baby friends?”