Posted in Child Care, Newborns, Working Parents

Hi all, my son will be 8 weeks the day after Christmas. I can’t believe how the time is already flying by. I’m going to have to go back to work in January and I haven’t been able to bring myself to leave him for more with anyone. He’s always at least in the same house or store with me. I know he’ll be safe with my wife or my mom but I just don’t want to be away from him. Any tips on coping with this for the first time?

  • Victoria
    Dec 23, 2017

    Start small, walk to a coffee shop or store for a treat. Then spend 1 hour away a few times. Better to prepare the both of you before you resume work

  • Katie
    Dec 23, 2017

    I second the starting small. I really like Target so I'd run errands while hubs got some quality one-on-one time with our son. It was good for my husband to be forced into sink or swim mode, and it was good for me to start regaining my identity outside of being my son's breast-aurant and caregiver. Your wife is probably ready and excited to do some solo-care. Don't get me wrong, going back to work is hard. But it gets easier with time. And if your son will be cared for by your wife and/or Mom while you are at work, that is a really ideal setup. You know he will get the best of care, because he caregivers are devoted to him.

  • Alma
    Dec 24, 2017

    I know how you feel! My baby will also be 7 weeks as well; and I resume work in Jan. If you have company over to your home; take a walk around the neighborhood; or do a quick target run! That’s how I started out; and I feel much more comfortable leaving the house without feeling guilty. You’ll get there girl!

  • Diana
    Dec 26, 2017

    For me, I loved my camera I could access on my phone so I didn't have to feel quite as separated from my baby since I could still see and hear her.

  • Katie
    Dec 26, 2017

    Thanks y’all. Those are all great suggestions. I started today with a short walk while he was napping. It’s hard but I’m getting there