Today is my first day back at work from Maternity Leave. Since I’m actually writing this Sunday night, instead of Monday morning, I’m not entirely positive how the day will go, but I’m hoping for the best, least stressful day possible! My mom is in town to help us out this week so I can start back (relatively) stress free and David can keep his schedule at work. I have to say it is SO nice having her here, because it completely takes out the stress of leaving Baby Saithe for 11 hours a day (not a joke).
Because the next few months are going to be months of transition – with me starting at work this month and Saithe starting at daycare the beginning of next month, I decided it might be a good time to do a Goals post! Along with the potential for a new series! I’m not even back at work yet, and I’m learning that being a Working Mom is HARD. It’s HARD to even think about leaving your baby every day, even if you enjoy the heck out of your job. I’m thinking it might be a good idea to start a series about being a Working Mom, hopefully some other Working Moms out there will be able to relate to my struggles and successes, and if not, at least it’s a place I can get my feelings out in the open. (But I’m really hoping it will help other Moms out there work through things, or at least feel like they are not alone!)
But back to my first point, I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and I’ve got some goals on my heart for this month.
- GRACE. Oh my gracious the grace. I’m going to have to get in the habit of giving myself TONS of grace this month! It’s not uncommon for me to have a 10 or 11 hour day on my schedule at the bank, so it stands to reason that the dishes and the laundry might have to go an extra day or two before I can get to them. I have to remind myself constantly that that’s okay, and it’s more important to spend time with my family.
- On that same note, more GRACE. This one is a little different though. This one is grace for others. Sometimes, people just want to have something to say, and just like when I was pregnant, I have to remember that sometimes people don’t mean things the way I will take them. To be honest, it’s really hard and kind of uncomfortable to hear people tell me how hard it must be to leave my baby at home. YES. It’s unbelievably hard, and I feel incredibly guilty – and I haven’t even left the house yet!! But I know that people don’t mean to be insulting, they just want to be a part of the miracle that is a baby and they want to have something to say. So I have to remind myself that whatever they say is said out of love, and maybe just a bit less understanding of the situation than I’d want. I know in my heart that going back to work is the best thing for my family right now, and it is exactly where God wants me to be right now. I know it, David knows it, and that’s really all that matters.
- Blog 2 times a week. I’ve built up such amazing momentum getting my blog and my business going again while on leave, and I definitely don’t want to let that go to waste! I really did miss blogging, and I’m not going to let myself get out of that habit again. I might need some help in this area, Internet, so feel free to call me out if I go a while and don’t blog!
- Work 1 hour a week on my website. For 5 years now I’ve had my website through the amazing folks over at Showit. Well, while I was busy getting married, having a baby, and working at the bank, Showit updated their software and I didn’t do the necessary steps to keep my old website. So now I’m rebuilding, which is totally fine because my business is headed in a new direction – more info to come on that 🙂
- Plan out my days the night before. Some days I have to be at work as early as 7:30 or even 6:45, so getting everything ready in the morning (when I also have to feed Baby and myself) is just not going to happen! I have to get in the habit of getting my outfit, my lunch, and all of my bags ready the night before work so I can just focus on getting myself ready and spending an extra few minutes with Baby Saithe in the mornings. This will also be super helpful when Saithe starts daycare next month and we have to get ALL three of us up, ready, and out the door in the mornings!
That’s all the goals I can think of right now. I’m sure as the month goes on I will have a few more, and maybe I will actually make this a series and post more about being a Working Mom. But for now, I’m just praying for an easy first day, and if you’re in the Coliseum area of Hampton, feel free to stop by my bank and say hi! 🙂 Also, any Working Moms out there, feel free to leave me some comments and tell me what goals you have for this month, or what helped you get through going back to work!! I’d love to hear your thoughts!!