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Returning to Work after Baby #2

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Finishing up my first shift after returning from my second maternity leave.

Hello Beautiful People!

Prior to going on my second maternity leave, I had the option of having a leave of 12 or 18 months. I chose a maternity leave of 12 months but within a few days of celebrating Chelsea’s 11 month milestone, I was asked to consider returning to my second job a little early.

Considering the current state of our world, where we are all being affected in one way or several, because of COVID-19, it wasn’t the easiest decision that I had to make. But, being an essential front-line worker servicing children with physical and complex medical needs, I knew that all I could do was nose-dive into the chaos and hope for the absolute best.

And, with all that being said, I decided to do FIVE things on a regular basis to make the transition more seamless for my family and I. Some of these things I started after having Charlotte and others, I added in along the way.

  1. MEAL PREPARATION
    Whenever I get the chance, I cook in large quantities. I aim to do this roughly 3x a week. I don’t portion out the meals in separate containers but I make sure there is almost always enough of a variety available.
  2. ESTABLISHED NIGHT TIME ROUTINE
    Having an established nighttime routine is crucial to the Hubs having a seamless evening without me being around. By knowing what time the girls should be in bed to have a great night’s sleep, their dad is able to gauge the time that he should start their routine. We also keep it as simple as possible so they know what to expect and we don’t over exert ourselves.
  3. FOCUS ON THE BIG GOALS
    While it’s not my first choice to work super long days, what keeps me going is knowing that with every shift I work, we are able to get a step closer to our goals as a family.
  4. EASE BACK INTO WORK IF POSSIBLE
    Because the job I return to is part-time, I didn’t not automatically jump into a 40hr week. I also did not jump into a 12hr day. I have the flexibility to accept and decline shifts according to my family’s needs. If you are able to do this — go for it.
  5. FIND YOUR TRIBE
    If you have other mamas in your circle who have returned to work after having their baby, don’t be afraid to lean in to that support. Nobody is going to quite understand how you feel than another mama who has gone through it. I am also just a message away if you ever need a listening ear!

So there we have it, the five ways that continue to make my return to work a smooth one. If you have anything you would add to my list, do let me know!

Xx See you all soon!
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