Going back to work

So, it is getting close. Next Monday I go back to work, after 52 weeks maternity leave and six weeks annual leave, I will be re-entering the ‘real’ working world at 8.30am Monday Morning!

How do I feel, sad, confused and angry! Some people say I should excited, that I am getting a bit of ‘me’ back, that I will enjoy the adult interaction! But to be honest I am not excited at all!

I am sad as I will miss being with my children day to day, I am confused because it doesn’t seem fair and I am angry because I have no control! I have had feeback from colleagues and it is not going to be easy! I am trying to be strong but am struggling.

I will try not to go on and on about my return to work, but bear with me if I mention it once or twice this week!



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    • wendy hirst on March 28, 2011 at 22:06
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    Good luck with your return back to work. If you want to mention it you should use the blog as a sounding board . We will be with you on Monday xxx

      • Kelly on March 29, 2011 at 08:25
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      Thank you xx

    • Rachel Titley on March 28, 2011 at 22:24
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    I am Mike (Rachel’s partner) although not been off after have a child; I have been off work for 6 months after having a spinal operation.

    On the 7th March I was to go back to work after six months of being at home with our daughter and looking after the house ect! Although most days I could not move.

    I lasted a week ish! Just had to leave I missed my daughter walking her to school and enjoying the after school trips and walks around the supermarket, general house work lol

    It was too hard for me to just give up and start the long day by dropping off our daughter at 7am at nursery and not seeing her until 7pm every day.

    Now I have all the time in the world, I walk her to school, we spend at lest 3 hrs every evening doing things.

    I won’t give this up for any amount. A part time job is just good for me.

    Regards and good luck for your plans.

      • Kelly on March 29, 2011 at 08:28
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      Thank you for the comment! I am hoping my circumstances change so I can drop to part time or stop working all together, but unfortunately needs must at the minute.

    • Viv Smith on March 29, 2011 at 08:51
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    I am very fortunate to be able to be at home with my two at the moment, but I can imagine how hard it must be. I returned to work between my two children, although being pregnant when I did, the blow was softened knowing that I would soon be on maternity leave again. It won’t be easy, but, as no doubt others will have said, make the best of the time you do have at home. There are lots of benefits to being at work and whilst it isn’t your first choice, try to focus on the ‘pros’…. being able to go to the loo without an audience, not having to change so many nappies and yes, regaining a bit of ‘you’ back. Try to remain positive and not dwell on the negative – it’ll only spill over into the time you do have with your little ones, reducing further the quality time you have with them.

    But, whilst you adjust to all this unwanted upheaval, rant and moan a bit – I’m here to listen 🙂 And, it’s good to talk and get those negative feelings out xx

    • Hula_mummy on March 29, 2011 at 09:04
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    I know how you feel, I went back in November last year. I would have happily left my career. It’s really hard but, I cherish my time off work so much. I’ll be thinking of you. You mention it on twitter as much as you need to! We’re here to support xx

    • Julia, KidsTravel2 on March 29, 2011 at 12:11
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    good luck – feel for you – must be a hard thing to do. Hopefully in time you may come to enjoy it a bit, or, if not, circumstances will mean you can change the hours you work to give you more time at home x

    • Kelly on March 29, 2011 at 13:05
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    Thank you for the lovely comments!

    • scribblingmum on March 29, 2011 at 20:58
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    I know how you feel, I have two girls (5&2) and after the second particularly I found it hard going back part time 3 days a week. But you will manage to find a balance, it will be fine and you will appreciate the time that you have with them even more. It is hard though, just take each day/minute at a time and you’ll be fine – sending positive vibes. And keep playing the lottery 😉

    • whoatemycrayons on March 29, 2011 at 21:04
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    Completely with you. I am lucky enough to be able to work from home and fit it in with the children. But was recently tempted with a permmie position which required 2 hours commute each day. Had to really consider options and in the end OH and I agreed that it wasn’t worth it.

    Hope it works out for you. Fingers crossed.

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