The last month has been probably the busiest of my entire life to date. No exaggeration. (After finishing this post and reading it back, it’s quite rambly but it’s where my head is at right now so be prepared for my rambles!!)
I finished up a year of maternity leave and returned to work part time. My position at work is in a state of flux due to a proposed restructure so I’ve come back at a bit of a weird time and my position is a bit all over the place. I was given a large project on my first day for which the first major milestone was one and a half weeks (or six of my working days!) after I started.
I turned 29 on my third day back at work. Gracie has all of a sudden become insanely active and follows me around by bum shuffling behind me and getting into everything. My darling baby girl had her first birthday party (for which I cooked all the food and made her cake) and of course actually reached the milestone of turning one! (In fact today is her first birthday!! Hard to believe this was a year ago today!)
Plus later this week I’ll be taking Grace on her first plane trip as we head to the Gold Coast solo for 3 nights and attend my first Problogger conference!
So it has been a crazy few weeks here at Number Five.
I thought for sure that returning to work would be insanely stressful and overly emotional but I have been pleasantly surprised. I am of course sad to be leaving my baby girl and not be the one to look after her during the day but I found it easier than I anticipated to throw myself back into work, reactivate my ‘work brain’ and be, well, not happy but at least at peace with leaving Grace for the days I’m at work.
I love being busy at work, it’s far more preferable to having not enough to do, and it has kept me distracted from being preoccupied with missing Grace. It’s actually been really wonderful to use my brain in a different way to how it’s been used for the past year and to have conversations with people that have nothing to do with babies, solids, milestones or poo.
I am appreciating the time I do get with Grace now so much more because it is more scarce, and therefore more precious. Not to say that I didn’t appreciate the time I had with her before (because I absolutely did) but the smaller amount of time in comparison to before just makes the enjoyment of it more heightened. Because it’s less time I also have more patience for her shenanigans than I did when it was me and her together 24/7.
Right now I’m at work three days a week which I’m finding is a good way of easing back in. The days at work are really exhausting me due to a combination of being out of practice of long office days and the sheer amount of work I’m doing, so I’m glad to not be full time quite yet.
I’ll be increasing my days to four days a week in November and then back to full-time in February, which is a relatively quick return to full-time. I think this will work out well for me, especially now that I’ve returned to work and know I can actually handle it!!
In terms of Grace’s care we’re really fortunate to have family close by and a great daycare lined up. Right now Grace is with my mother-in-law while I’m at work. She lives nearby and is able to come to our house to look after her which is great for Grace and makes life so much easier for us.
She is starting in a family daycare in October but will only be in daycare 2 days a week. For the rest of my work days Grace will be with my mother-in-law or my mum (who is travelling down from Sydney once a fortnight to look after Grace while I’m at work).
I’m so glad that Grace will have close relationships with both her grandmothers growing up, and it’s so lovely for my mum and my mother-in-law to be able to spend so much time with Grace.
So all those words to say I’ve been busy, work has been tiring but good, and I’m looking forward to things settling into a nice rhythm once this week is done and dusted.
I’ll likely be a little sporadic in my posts here until I can get a better handle on the ‘working mum’ situation but I’m still here and I’ll still be posting as much as I can manage. But if there is a week here and there without a post (like last week) don’t be overly surprised!
So, tell me, what have you been up to lately? Does the word sporadic make you think of Clueless? What was it like when you went back to work after maternity leave?