Today marks my one month anniversary of being back at work after maternity leave! Yep, ONE WHOLE MONTH! Time sure does fly! Remember when I wrote about coming back to work early? Well, that was over 2 months ago!
My son had a two-week transition period at daycare before I came back and I am so happy that I took the time to do that! He’s adjusted to the new routine and the daycare so well that it makes it very easy to come to work every day. I know he’s being well taken care of because he comes home just as happy as when I drop him off in the mornings.
So not only have I been back for a month, Thursday the 21st also marks my 2 year anniversary with my employer, and Saturday the 23rd marks a year since my last day of work before I went on maternity leave (my sweet baby boy was born exactly one month later). Did you follow all of that? haha What a crazy week of “anniversaries’!
I must say, the first few days back, I felt a little out of place. A lot of my accesses were gone and needed resetting, I had to remember how to get into the systems and how to use them, and a lot of people changes occurred in the 10 months that I was away. My team dynamics have changed a little as well, everyone for the most part seems the same but I need to reconnect with each one of them and get back that synergy we had when I left, slow but sure. Our whole team moved to a new area in the building where it’s brighter, louder and a space to call our own, so that’s been great too!
I’ve jumped right back into it all, taking on projects, re-immersing myself in the processes, being loud…hahaha
Heck, I even bought my very first Tassimo which sits proudly on my desk!
I remember questioning myself about coming back to work early and I’m so glad that I prepared and planned my return the way I did. I may not be able to cook daily or make sure the entire house is clean and get some of those extra errands done during my days anymore but I personally feel I’m a better parent when I have a great balance of work and home.
How about you? What was your experience when you returned to work? Or perhaps you didn’t return to work after a leave, how has that decision affected you and your family?