Going back to work after a maternity leave can be challenging as both mother and baby need to adapt to the new situation.
Some mothers find it natural to go back and adjust with no effort. In fact, I have spoken to friends who just feel the need for their lives to go back to normal.
However, for others mothers going back to work that has not been so easy. I felt guilt that I am leaving my oldest son back home, then I felt the same with my second boy when he would cry at the doorstep of his daycare. I do feel somewhat guilty even now with my precious little girl who doesn’t spend all day with me.
As mothers it is difficult for some of us to adjust to a new schedule and to get organized. At the same time we need to make sure that we feel comfortable that the baby is going to be taken care of by the right babysitter or daycare.
Adjusting to the baby not being around as much is the most difficult part of going back to work. Sleep deprivation and the fact that you will be thinking about the baby’s wellbeing during the day are not helping either. Make sure you can call your babysitter or daycare provider during the day to check on your precious one.
There are a few things which you can do to help yourself during this transition period. Definitely do take a photo of your baby and/or your entire family and put it on your desk. Plan and check your To Do List at the beginning and end of every day. That will make you look very organized and will show your colleagues that you are on top of all tasks. Look as professional and polished as you possibly can although you might be sleep deprived. For the first weeks don’t feel guilty if you are not the supermom who cooks dinners. That’s why takeaways are for!
Remember that it is normal if the combination of piled up work and leaving your baby with someone else seem overwhelming. If you believe that you are doing the best that you can for both yourself and your family you will make it work.