Going back to work after maternity leave is not easy. Read about my first week back to teaching after staying home with my baby.
In case you were wondering, Friday went well. Actually, Friday was pretty awesome. Aside from the fact that I cried the whole way to work, Annabelle had fun with Coco, ate from her bottle, and was smiling when I got home at 5 from work.
During the day I received text and picture updates from my mother-in-law. I was never left wondering what she was doing and if she was okay. I felt relaxed and was able to focus on my new job (which I think I am going to love…). I also found this on my table when I got home:
Today I know things will go just as great as last week for Annabelle is home again with my mother-in-law. NOW, as for how I think tomorrow is going to play out… I am not so sure. Annabelle won’t be home because she starts Baby School.
Our Plans for Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave are Mixed
We went to Open House at her Baby School on Sunday. Both B, Annabelle, and I were very pleased after our visit. Annabelle previewed all the toys and left her drool marks everywhere. She smiled and laughed at her teacher – and even hugged her when we were leaving!
My only concern is that she is going to cry all day. She is terrible at soothing herself. Usually, I am the only one who can soothe her when she goes off into her dark place. We made sure to warn her teacher about her crying… that sometimes she sounds like she is in pain, even though she is only just tired or mad.
Aside from her crying because she will be in a new place with new people, there are so many rules she has to follow – such as sleeping on her back and napping without her bunny – that I know will be difficult adjustments she will have to make in the beginning. How do you make a baby sleep on their back without their bunny when they’ve slept the opposite way for 7 months? Poor Bellie… she doesn’t know what’s coming.
How did your baby react to you going back to work after maternity leave?