Posted in Postpartum Recovery, Working Parents

How did you get thru the first few days back to work after maternity leave? I think Im going to be a complete mess!! Im going back to work on Wed after 12 weeks off. My employer is taking me back part-time 3 days a week and my mom will watch my daughter. Im so thankful and fortunate that everything is working out this way but am SO nervous and will miss her SO much while Im gone.

  • Sara
    Dec 11, 2017

    It’s different for everyone but for me going back to work felt SO GOOD because I could finally be around adults again and have normal adult conversations. When I got into the groove of my day I didn’t think about my daughter really. I knew she was in great hands and that I’d hear all about her day when I got home. My best advice is to try to be in the moment as much as possible. When you’re at work enjoy it and focus on it and know that you have those days when you’re alone with your daughter (4 days of the 7) and you’ll get your time in then. It gets easier every day. These mornings I RUN into the office 😂😂

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Dec 11, 2017

    It is really different for everyone. I felt the same as Sara. I was so excited and proud that I had a career with balance (I went back full time but worked half the week from home), a wonderful baby who was safe and cared for while I was gone. My in laws kept thinking I would be a mess but I felt so empowered. Try to focus on what you and your family are getting from your return to work whether it be just a financial benefit or also you getting to be a whole version of yourself and let that drive your focus and enjoyment of each aspect of your life. Good luck!!

  • Danielle
    Dec 11, 2017

    I felt extremely comforted that I knew my son was in good hands (he’s watched by my husbands aunt). But I’ll be honest, I cried. I did on the way to work while my husband drove, and then at my desk a bit for the first few days. Thankfully everyone I work with completely understands, and most of them have been in my shoes. And it got a ton easier after those first few days.

  • Emilie
    Dec 11, 2017

    All transitions are so hard but you got this! Time will ease the heartache and you’ll find yourself in a new routine in no time. Going back to work, though definitely hard at times, can also feel so good (as stated above). You’ll find the schedule and routine that works for your family. Good luck!

  • Erin
    Dec 12, 2017

    I’m worried about the same thing! I go back next Wednesday and am already freaking out about it!

  • Stacie
    Dec 12, 2017

    I got back next Thursday I am a bit excited and heartbroken all at once. I know she’ll be fine but I’m going to be a mess and I’m scared about pumping -‘so I feel ur pain!!

  • Gina
    Dec 12, 2017

    I definitely cried the day before!! I was such a mess but at the same time knowing she was either with my fiance or my parents made it better...plus they made sure to send me pics and updates all day that really helped. Eventually I got over it and welcomed the 9 hrs of freedom I got hehe

  • Diane
    Dec 12, 2017

    Stacie- im scared about pumping too! Thank you everyone who posted! Tomorrows the big day- will report back!! Wish me luck ✨

  • Stacie
    Dec 12, 2017

    Yes let us know how it goes!

  • Rochelle
    Dec 13, 2017

    Phone calls, text messaging, photos, and FaceTime! I would occasionally go home for lunch just to see her. You’ll be fine. Focus on your work. Part time? And your mom is taking care of her? You are lucky. Your baby will be in good hands. You will just miss her. Make sure you have plenty of photos and videos of her to watch while you are gone.

  • Diane
    Dec 14, 2017

    Update: First day back went surprisingly well. I cried a bit the night before and teared up in the car going to work, but felt composed at work. My coworkers greeted me warmly which helped and it actually felt good to go back once I was there. My mom sent text updates throughout the day. My baby took some bottles (I exclusively BF but she has taken bottles occassionally) but didnt drink too much. She BF on me for an hour when I got home so hopefully that made up for it. I hope she eats more today, she was a preemie and Im always so worried about her gaining!! Pumping at work was fine, by the 3rd time i felt i had a bit of a routine down. Having some freezer stash at home made it less pressure to get enough milk at work. Anyways, thanks to everyone for your help!

  • Diane
    Dec 14, 2017

    Stacie- let us know how your first day back goes too!

  • Stacie
    Dec 14, 2017

    I’m so glad it went well!!! It gives me some relief. I’ll be going back a week from today 😩 I work 11a-11p too cause I’m a nurse but at least it’s only 3x a week.

  • Priscilla
    Dec 14, 2017

    Be glad..my boss resigned and my job was absorbed while on leave. I have no idea what Im walking into. I live my daughter and im sure ill miss her but im sure ill miss the paycheck too ...cant take care of her without one. Lol

  • Stacie
    Dec 21, 2017

    I did it! Honestly it was like a band aid - once you pull it off it isn’t so bad. I cried when leaving, in the car, when I got there, on my way home and when I saw her lol I agree pumping was fine once I got down a routine but have no clue how much I should be getting. She wouldn’t take more than 2.5 ounces 3x and a 1 3.5 ounces before bed. She then refused to sleep and waited for me until I got home, breast fed her in bed for 30 mins and she passed out.