Life After Maternity Leave

It’s been a very busy few weeks, adjusting to life as a working family.

It’s been almost two weeks since the end of my maternity leave and Raife starting nursery. On that Monday morning, I felt sick to the stomach. Sad to be leaving him, scared about how we were both going to cope without each other for the day and nervous about heading back to work. I gave him a breastfeed with big, fat tears rolling down my cheeks wishing that he could just come with me.

Dropping him off at nursery was THE single hardest thing I’ve ever done. Jon and I both went together and as I handed him over to his keyworker, I couldn’t hold it together any longer. I literally had to kiss him and leave. Jon gave me a hug and off we went to work. In total, I cried four times that morning. The most times I’ve cried in many, many years.

I needn’t have worried about work. Everyone was extremely friendly and made me feel really valued, asking about Raife and how my maternity leave had been whilst filling me in on what had been going on. My first day back was very busy which was actually a blessing in disguise as it gave me a distraction. It also helped that there were two new additions to the office, two beautiful pups who were more than happy to be kissed and cwtched!

Heading to nursery after work to pick him up, I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to hold him and to sniff his head! I was a bit worried that he’d spent the day crying or had completely forgotten who I was but I needn’t have worried. The staff said that he’d had a tremendous time and that he’d made a heap of new friends which makes me so happy. He had eaten all his food, napped and played with all sorts of toys and instruments. He’d loved his day. He went straight to sleep that night and didn’t wake once – he must have been absolutely shattered!

Raife has been to nursery a few times now and seems to love it more and more. As time has gone on, I’ve found it easier to leave him because I know that he has a great time, and is constantly being entertained which is exactly what he needs. Raife is a very busy baby who is always on the go, so nursery is great for him!

Of course, our morning and evening routine has changed dramatically since being back at work and taking Raife to nursery. Jon and I get up earlier to ensure that Raife’s bag is packed with everything he needs, including nappies, a change of clothes and milk. The dog also needs to be walked as I’m not home with him all day now and we need to eat breakfast. Our evenings are more focused on preparing for the following day – choosing and ironing our clothes, showering and preparing lunch. Being organised is key to a smooth morning which is tough when you’re exhausted but the preparation is worth it in my opinion!

Life for us at the moment is very busy but we love it. We’re still trying to find our feet with everything, trying to find the right balance for our family but I’m sure we’ll get there in the end!

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