Lola Goes Back to Work

Today was my first day back to work.  I’ll keep it short.

Poppyseed is 7 weeks old.  I begin my phase back portion of maternity leave this week – I work part time for the next 8 weeks.  I must work a minimum of 2 days per week, meaning 5 days at home with sweet Poppyseed during this transition.

Today was hard.  I guess I’ll write the things I’m thankful for, rather than the things about it that were so difficult.

  • I’m grateful for my sweet, healthy, easygoing baby.
  • I’m grateful for my husband, that he is allowing me to make this choice and see if it works for our little family.
  • I’m grateful for my mother-in-law, who is keeping Poppyseed while I’m at work until she’s 11 weeks, at which time she’ll go to daycare.
  • I’m grateful that I even get the opportunity to “phase back” to work instead of having to jump in all at once right now.
  • I’m grateful that my hours are flexible and that my managers and coworkers are supportive.
  • And finally, I am thankful for the inventor of the breast pump.  Because Lord knows I got lots of use out of mine today.  Too bad my 50-something male partner walked up to my car window today while I was pumping.  Quote of the day, “Oh geez, I don’t even like seeing cows get milked!!”   He’ll never approach my car from behind when I’m parked in the very back lot of Buffalo Wild Wings ever, ever again.

Joanie took a picture of us before I left this morning.  I look happy.  Maybe I should have been an actress?  Believe me, in that moment, I felt a lot more like she looks in the bottom picture!



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  1. it’s really hard. it gets a little easier to leave your baby but not really. when Paxton was over a year old and wearing me out that’s when working was somewhat of a relief! but I still can’t wait to see him when I get home. 🙂 sounds like you have a nice transition period to get adjusted. glad you don’t have to put her in daycare just yet!

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