Today was my first day back on the job after Maternity Leave. I didn’t really know what to think about today, going into it. I had very mixed emotions. Naturally, I was sad about having to leave her and go back to work 7.5 hours out of the day, 5 days a week. But I’m the type of person who kinda craves a routine, so I was somewhat anxious to see what our New Routine would look like.
Kyle had requested to come in a little later to work this morning so he could help me get ready and get her ready on my first day back. SO thoughtful, and I couldn’t have possibly gotten everything done without him today. I learned very quickly that an hour and a half isn’t nearly enough and tomorrow, I’ll have to get up at least 30 minutes earlier to do everything by myself!!
So this morning, I set my alarm for 6:30, and got up at 6:45. I showered and dried my hair while Kyle entertained her and changed her diaper. Then I fed her and tried to apply my makeup while Kyle showered and then picked my clothes out for work. Then I dressed her and jumped in my clothes while he put her in her carseat and got her ready to go to Gran’s for the day. He dropped her off and I went to work, RIGHT ON TIME, but not a minute early.
My mom (“Gran”) is keeping her while I work, which is awesome. I know she doesn’t really see it as a sacrifice at all and she’s completely happy to do it, but it’s really the only reason I feel ok about being back at work at all. I know she’s well taken care of! 🙂 And my mom brings her to the office at lunch time so I can feed her and spend some time with her in the middle of the day. It was a nice way to “divide” the day today.
Back in the office this morning, I spent a lot of time cleaning up my desk, sorting through six weeks worth of papers, and trying to re-familiarize myself with my surroundings. I felt it was a very productive day because my desk was cleaner and more organized when I left than it was when I arrived — though that seems like it might be a little backwards … and, in truth, it probably is. 🙂
Anyway. All said and done, it was good to get back in the office. It’s kinda the best of both worlds, with my mom “at the reins” with Iva, making sure I get to spend as much time with her as possible at lunch. And me back at work, being productive because apparently that’s important to me! 😀