How has it been seven months already?!
If you’re in a similar boat to me - finding yourself panicking about where you’re little one is going to go when you go back to work - then I sympathise with you. I always thought it would be easy when your maternity leave ends. Send your kid to nursery and get on with your life 👍🏻 how wrong was I. I obviously wasn’t a Mum at that point!
Agghhh. The thought of leaving George with strangers for a whole entire day scares the c*@p out of me. As im sure you can work out by now, we will be sending George to a nursery once a week. I’m in the process of sorting out my return to work with my boss at the moment. I’ll be going back twice a week (at least for the near future), with my Mum looking after George once a week and him going into nursery for the other day.
For those that don't know, I am a Marketing Executive at a Solicitor Firm not too far from where I live. So I basically sit at a desk and computer all day, writing, designing, researching and brain-storming. I do love marketing, it brings out the creative side in me!
We viewed our first nursery yesterday and to be fair, I was really impressed. It’s hard to compare it to anything else when you haven’t seen any others, but first impressions were really good. Everything was super organised, the staff were friendly and the gut-feeling was positive. I viewed another today and it really didn’t compare!
Luckily my husband gets childcare vouchers through work, otherwise there really wouldn't be much point in me going back to work as I'd basically be going to work to pay for someone else to look after George. And that does not make sense!
Do I want to go back to work?
Yes and no. I think it would be nice to get my brain logically working again and back to some proper adult interaction, apart from the mother and baby groups I go to - even if they do mostly consist of baby talk - however, I am going to miss George the two days I am back in work. I'm lucky that I'm in a situation where I can go back twice a week. A lot of families either can't afford to do it or their employer isn't keen on the idea.
Before I had George and before I was pregnant, I always thought I would go back full-time. It's not until you bond with that little person and spend every moment of every day with them, that they become your best friend. I've always been pretty career-minded, but that has changed since becoming a Mum. My priorities have changed. My nurturing side has come out and I just want to care for him, and I really don't want to miss his first steps or first word. I'm hoping that working two days a week means that the three days I'm not working leaves enough time for me to catch those special moments.
What are your plans after your maternity leave ends? Are you going back to work? Let me know in the comments below.