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The Week I’ve Dreaded For Months

by Courtney on October 15, 2013

Hey strangers. Long time, no chat, huh?

Truth be told, I’m struggling this week. This is the week I’ve been dreading for months, as  my maternity leave has come to and end and it’s time for me to head back to work.

I knew it was going to be hard but quite honestly, it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Leaving this little face is not easy.

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Those were taken this weekend…seriously, how is he growing so quick??

I haven’t really talked too much about the whole “going back to work” topic yet because I haven’t been ready. Who am I kidding…I’m still not ready. I’m a basket case and I’ve been an emotional mess for weeks. Just ask, basically, anyone I’ve been I contact with. Winking smile

It’s unbelievable how fast this time has gone, and while I know it will be okay once we get in a groove, the thought of leaving my sweet Lucas is just so, so hard. While I would love to be able to stay at home with him every minute of everyday, our little family just does better with two incomes. It’s just how the cookie crumbles.

Luckily, as I mentioned before, our friend Erika is watching Lucas which definitely helps make things just a bit easier. And another thing helping my sanity is that I actually changed roles at my company while I was out on leave and am going back to a much more flexible, part time position. So now, instead of working 8-5, I’m working 8-3:30. It may only be an extra hour and a half each day, but right now it’s making the thought of the transition just a little bit easier for me.

Sooo, I haven’t been able to make it around these parts as much lately since I’ve been trying to soak in every single minute with my little peanut as I prepare myself to head back to work.

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Things like having to actually iron real clothes (oh, I’ll miss you yoga pants…but I’ll be back for you at 3:30 everyday!), getting all of my supplies and whatnot ready for pumping while at work (we even have a special nursing room at work which is great), keeping up the house/chores, and prepping meals are all things that Jay and I will be working on over these next few weeks. I feel confident that we’ll get a good routine down…it will just take some time.

I would love to hear from any other working moms on how you made the transition and/or what helped make it any easier!

I actually worked a half day today, which went well, and Thursday I start up for real; and while I know everything is going to be okay (at least that’s what I keep telling myself), the mommy guilt still hits hard.

And to add to that guilt, I had to bring Lucas back to the doctor this afternoon to get the rest of his two-month immunizations (we spaced them out so he didn’t need to get all of them at once). Umm, yeah…I think my tear ducts have just about had it for today. So if you’ve got a virtual hug to send, feel free to shoot one over my way today. I could use it.

I’ll be back again soon, and I promise I won’t be such a downer. Winking smile

xoxo

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1 Jessica B October 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm

VIRTUAL HUGSSSSS TO you and your family! You will do great!!! I was very sad leaving my daughter at daycare almost a year ago now – she was only 6 weeks (and it’s my mom – she has her own @ home daycare) but once we got in the swing of things, i realized it was for the best and now she has little friends at daycare and she loves them! I am not expecting my 2nd in the next couple of weeks and am already dreading having to leave him but, like you, know it’s best for our family! You will do fantastic and i can’t believe how stinking cute Lucas is!

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2 Jessica October 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Oh, I feel you! It was hard for me too. But you have to remember that it will be ok. It is ok to have the feelings that you are having, they are normal. Just spend as much time with your little guy as you can. Maybe she can text you a picture during the day or even do some face time on your phone. Hang in there!
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3 Parita @ myinnershakti October 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I don’t know if it’s because I’m having an emotional day, but I teared up reading this post! Sending lots of hugs your way! You guys are going to do great – like you said it just takes a little getting used to. Good luck, Courtney!

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4 Kristin October 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Hi Courtney!
Heading back to work is SO HARD!! My kids are 7 and 4 now, but both times heading back to work after they were born was seriously the hardest thing ever! (our family works better with 2 incomes as well) Just know it will get better and you will have a routine down in no time. The new schedule you have getting off work at 3:30 will help as well. I will be honest the “mommy guilt” never goes away completly(at least not for me) but it does get easier. What a blessing that your friend will be watching Lucas as well. It’s ok to cry and please know there are tons of us moms that will be here to help support you!! :)

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5 Lauryn D October 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I can’t even imagine the guilt and how hard this has to be for you. My son isn’t even born yet, he is due in December, and this will be my first as well. I will be going back to work after 3 months and I am already dreading it and will also be an emotional wreck. I can only hope the transition goes well for you. Boy pregnancy and motherhood is emotional. Stay strong and you will get through it just like I will when it is my time. We are not alone!

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6 Kendall October 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Good luck!!! I think the PT transition will be helpful. I dont even have kids yet and I am already planning to work pt when I do… aka preparing my husband!
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7 Pat October 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm

many hugs and kisses and much love ; )

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8 Betty October 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Yup – it’s hard when their 2 month shots are right when you’re going back to work – reduced hours – particularly the way you have them scheduled now, really helps. You’re a little less done for the day when you get him. Hang in there, we know you’ll figure it out

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9 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength October 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm

It’s hard…I’m not going to lie. I agree…one of the hardest things ever actually.

BUT….it gets so much easier and you might even find that you look forward to the breaks and appreciate your at-home time more. You’ll get into a routine and that’s awesome that he’ll be staying with your friend. That will absolutely make things a bit easier at first especially. :)

You’re going to do great!!! HUGS!!
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10 Angela October 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm

My daughter is now 16, but when I went back to work I was freaking out. I thought about selling everything I owned and move to a studio apartment. LOL! Thank goodness I came to my senses. She did great in day care and made lots of little friends. Hang in there!!!! (((((hugs))))

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11 Caitlin October 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

when i first read this title i actually thought it might be a post about immunizations, so it’s funny (and a bummer!) that you mentioned them at the end of this post. just the last straw huh? good luck dear, i know my good friend kat was heartbroken to go back to work after having her baby even though i was part time. part time doesn’t make it any easier to do it! good luck and i’m sure like most things it’ll get easier with time
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12 Shel@PeachyPalate October 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

HUGE virtual hug your way! Man that is so hard having to go back but it will get easier and it’s totally for the greater good. He’s so adorable, has your little cute smile, does he have dimples?
8 until 3.30 is so much better, it’s more like a school day so you’ll be home before dark! Do you guys get paid maternity leave there?
In Ireland we get 26 weeks paid (80% of salary based on previous years earnings) and you can take up to 16 weeks unpaid…
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13 Courtney October 16, 2013 at 7:41 am

Only part of my maternity leave was paid…definitely nothing like you guys get in Ireland!

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14 Brianne A. October 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

My son will be three in December and I still have mommy guilt. Being really organized helps you spend as much time as possible with your little man. I used to put my son in his swing in the kitchen while I made dinner. We could “chat” and still spend time together while I did dishes and made meals. I folded all the laundry next to him on the floor so I could get more face time with him. I would even put him in the baby bjorn while I did other tasks, all the while chatting away with him. You will have a routine down before you know it!

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15 Sarah @ Sweet Miles October 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Aw girl! Sending huge hugs your way!! Getting ready to go back to work has to be so tough! I’m sure you guys will get a perfect routine worked out for YOU and it will all go great :)
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16 Jess October 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Just know that some days are much harder than others but on the flip side some days are way easier, especially when they are teething. It may sound bad but as a mom some days I just want a break from the full time momminess. It is nice to eat my lunch without any little fingers in it or have a full conversation without being interrupted ( well I work in a school so, only on my lunch break) that being said I still wish I could stay home.

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17 Breanna October 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I just went back to work last week. It was so hard and I cried when I dropped him off at daycare. It was especially hard because even though I tried really hard he still wasn’t taking to the bottle AT ALL so I was worried he would starve. But he’s been getting better at the bottle at daycare and smiles at the daycare ladies when I drop him off. That must mean he likes them! I like getting to be an asset at work and then come home and love on my kiddo. You’ll do ok, and just keep in mind they are pretty tired those first few days/week when you get home because it’s all new for them too.

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18 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun October 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Awww hugs to you!! I know it has got to be hard leaving that little cutie, but once you get in the swing of things and get on your schedule you will feel much better! Enjoy some family time this evening! :)
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19 Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life October 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

You can do it!!! It all seems overwhelming now but you’re such a strong woman I know you can do it! :)
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20 FitBritt@MyOwnBalance October 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Going back to work is hard for any mum but you’ll get through it! And just think of how great it will be to have something that is completely yours that you are proud of. What a great example for your son! :)
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21 Lauren October 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Hugs your way, pretty lady. Settle in with Lucas and Jay tonight, watch The Voice, and do not worry about starting work. It will be OKAY. <3

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22 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 15, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Aww, I can only imagine how hard it must be to leave him, but at least you know you’re leaving him in good hands! The first day will be the hardest, but it will get easier…and you know you have an adorable face to head home to at the end of the day!
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23 Julie October 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm

It is SO hard at first, but it absolutely gets easier once you get into a rhythm. One piece of advice – we try to “outsource” as much as we can so our free time can be spent with our kids. For example, our nanny also cleans our house and does laundry. I use peapod to order groceries and have my dry cleaning delivered. In my opinion, that small amount of extra money spent having someone else do the thing I don’t like doing, allows me to spend my weekends playing with my kids. That is money well worth spending. Also, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Getting some gym time in makes me a better mommy (and can be done when the kids are in bed).

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24 Courtney October 16, 2013 at 7:40 am

Awesome ideas! I’ll have to see what I can find around here ;)

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25 Brianne October 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Going back to work after 12 weeks with my baby girl was so hard. Not going to lie I sobbed the 1st day in my cubicle. What I find works for my family is we tag team dinner/baby and then whoever made dinner gets baby nighttime duties and the other cleans up the kitchen. Also we pay the diaper bag every night and leave all of our stuff by the front door. Lunches are packed every night so no extra rushing around. It took a while to get into a routine and then I changed jobs so then that added stress but now after 8 months of working we have it all down pat!! It does get easier being away and like you we have a friend and family watching our little girl so it made it that much easier to be at work. Good luck Thursday it will be over before you know it!! At least you only work for 2 days then get a weekend! I went back on a Monday ughhh :(

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26 Courtney October 16, 2013 at 7:39 am

Those sound like great ideas!!

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27 Brianne October 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Put the diaper bag** dumb auto correct!!

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28 Jennifer D October 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

This was the hardest thing I have ever done. I cried the whole first day back. Eventually, it got a little easier…once I started to trust daycare more, and saw that she was ok, and even thriving on the schedule. I know this doesn’t help much now, but in the not so far away future you will be ok too. Hugs!!!

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29 Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Love ya, girly. Sending you lots of hugs!! :)
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30 Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog October 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

I saw your post on Instagram and was thinking about you today. I can only imagine what a difficult day that it was. I’m sure this won’t make you feel better (right now), but I just know it must get better! And once you’ve got the routine down, I’m sure it will be even easier.

And you’re not a downer – it’s a very relatable post :-) Here’s to hoping the rest of the week gets better!
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31 april October 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm

i don’t have any babies of my own (yet!), but i can imagine how difficult it would be to leave that cutie to go off to work. i hope the transition goes well for the both of you. i’m sure it will make the time you spend with lucas that much sweeter =)

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32 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat October 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Sending virtual hugs your way! I’m sure going back to work won’t be easy, but at least you know Lucas will be in good hands during the day. Hang in there!
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33 Kristin October 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Going back to work after having my daughter, who is now 3, was THE hardest thing ever. Much like you I went back part time M-F 8:30 until 2:30 for the first year. It helped, but I still cried most of the first day back to work. It gets easier, really. although most days still I look at the clock a lot during the day and count the hours left until I get to pick her up! Sending you a hug too!

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34 Amanda October 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Thinking about you. Everything will be okay. <3

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35 Kara October 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm

HUGS to you, Courtney!! It’s funny because I am always on the other end of this being a preschool teacher. It’s usually harder for the Moms than the kids and Lucas will be fine and he will be so happy to see you when you get home!

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36 Faith@The Stirring Place October 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

HUGS!!!
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37 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

OH.MY.GOODNESS! He is just the cutest little peanut! I can imagine it must be so challenging to leave him but knowing that his cute little face will be there when you get home has got to make things so much easier. :)
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38 katie October 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

You are a fabulous mom and things will get easier! I know it must be hard to leave him, I remember when I had to put Anthony in daycare, it was no fun. I am grateful now I can stay at home with Rocco, we have no family help at all, so it is hard, I don’t get a break ever, but it’s worth it! Mike and I actually never had a date night yet, we are hoping to soon! We have date nights, but it is with baby!

I don’t trust many people with Rocco so it is hard to find a sitter, but we actually have one we found that we will be using soon! I am glad you have your great friend to watch him, that is awesome for sure! I really am not keen on daycare, it makes me nervous if I have to do that one day, you never know, and having someone close to you watch baby is better!

Thinking of you and his shots I hope went well too! We spaced Rocco’s out as well!

<3

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39 Courtney October 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

Thanks, lady. ;) xoxo
I hope your new sitter works out so you and Mike can have some date nights!!

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40 Heather @fitncookies October 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Sending you lots and lots of hugs <3 I worked at a daycare for a few years, and I always saw the sadness in parent's faces as they left their newborns . I am sure it will be tough getting used to working again and not being around him (I can't believe it's time for you to go back already!), but once you get a routine, it will become easier. Good luck the rest of the week <3 I'm sure the hour and a half will make a huge difference!
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41 Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life October 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Oh Court, I am sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. I can’t even imagine how hard this has to be for you. I know how much you love Lucas and will miss him, but just know that you are doing what is right for you and your family. Enjoy your day to the fullest tomorrow with your sweet little man!

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42 Silvia @ skinny jeans food October 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Awww, Courtney, I feel for you. This must be really heard. But think about Lukas, he is too young to know and will socialize early and have more people in his life, and a little big sister. Hang in there!

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43 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Thinking of you this week! I don’t have any advice to offer, but I’m sure it’s so, so difficult!
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44 Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections October 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Aw, that must be so hard. I can’t even imagine. He has grown up so fast!

I don’t have kiddos yet, but I just started adjusting to a full time job. I can relate to all the sudden having to adjust to something new again. The adjustment will get easier with time, I’m sure. Wishing you guys the best!
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45 Kristin @ IGE October 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm

HUGS!! Lucas’ kisses and snuggles are something you’ll be able to look forward to all day long. Like you said, the more you get into a routine, I bet the easier it will become. You can do it, Mama!

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46 Fizz @fizzsbizz October 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I’m sending you a massive virtual hug for the rest of the week!
And you have to get that photo of the two of you framed for your desk – so cute!
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47 Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream October 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Aw – I’m sure this is beyond hard for you! You’re doing the best thing you can for your family and your son! And he really will not remember if you’re there for the whole day or only part of the day! It’ll be harder on you – promise!!
{{{HUGS}}}
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48 Kelly October 15, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I can’t imagine how hard that must be, to go back to work after all this time. But it is really great that at least your job is going to be a little more flexible, I hope that will make the transition easier! Good luck when you “fully go back” on Thursday, I’m sure it is going to be difficult for a while but you are really strong and can get through anything!
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49 Laura @ Backstage Balance October 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Courtney, you are an amazing woman. This may be very difficult, but you are doing just fine. Good luck tomorrow!
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50 Carson October 15, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Sending you some virtual hugs! Good luck!
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51 Becky @thebexfactor October 16, 2013 at 12:26 am

I got a year off for maternity leave and I just returned to work a month ago. It was so hard but I’m thankful I had a whole year to watch my little man grow. I couldn’t imagine having to go back so early.

It’s hard to get used to being a real adult all day and not hanging out with a tiny human but work will distract you. It’s getting ready for work and coming home to rush around that’s hard for me. By the time I pick my son up and drive home we only have an hour and a half to two hours tops before bed time so our time together is super limited.

Enjoy your last couple days!
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52 Courtney October 16, 2013 at 7:36 am

That’s great that you had a whole year!!

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53 jessica October 16, 2013 at 12:29 am

Many hugs to you this week! I can’t imagine how difficult it must be..hang in there!

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54 Ellie@Fit for the soul October 16, 2013 at 1:24 am

Oh mannn if I could I would totally give you a hug in real life! That sounds so tough and as a new mom myself, I can’t imagine leaving for that long. God bless you and your new transition, Courtney!
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55 Tara@PNWRunner October 16, 2013 at 1:24 am

Sending lots of virtual hugs!!
You are a great mom, never forget that. I could never understand the feelings you are having right now. Leaving your baby is always tough, but it is great that a good friend is watching Lucas for you. I think that makes the transition a slight bit easier.
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56 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 16, 2013 at 3:22 am

Hugs friend! Reading through these comments actually made me feel a little better about eventually heading back to work. I swear I think that everyone gets to stay home with their kids which makes me so sad, but that’s totally not the case. I’m really dreading November 20!!!

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57 Courtney October 16, 2013 at 7:35 am

I totally feel the same way! Sometimes it seems like everyone is home with their little ones. On the flip side, once you’re back too, that means we’ll be able to get back to our regular gchatting ;)

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58 Katrina October 16, 2013 at 7:49 am

HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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59 Stacey M. October 16, 2013 at 8:09 am

I can only imagine the day you had Courtney … I’m feeling for you and I don’t even have any children! I sooooo wish the U.S. offered longer maternity leave – it’s just not right to have to leave a 2 month old baby to return to your job. I wish every mother was provided at least a year …
Sending you tons of hugs today. My thoughts will definitely be with you, and I’ll be hoping that you’ll be able to get into that “groove” soon. xoxoxo

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60 Jenn@Be ME October 16, 2013 at 8:09 am

What a great topic…returning to work and juggling our different roles. I have returned to work recently (my son is 4 months) and it was difficult. I interviewed MANY nannies and daycares and would pick one, but then decide against them…last minute. I eventually decided the best for my family would be to return to work part time and watch my son full time. I switched my schedule to where I would work opposite hours from my hubby and we would take turns caring for our son while the other is at work. There are so many options and every family will find what works best for them!!!
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61 Nicole October 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

Going back to work is so hard. But the best feeling is getting out of work and picking the baby up and walk in and he has a big grin because he sees you! Your time with him is just that much sweeter. A little time apart will not hurt your bond. I promise!

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62 Lauri October 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

It isn’t easy…and even now 6 years later I still wonder how I did it…For me it was easiest not to think about it. Not to call to check on him (I knew they woudl call me if need me) and just focus on the time we did have together. I also knew I wanted to work and never had any desire to stay home all day but there were times I felt differently and lots of times I wish i could have worked part time. I think working until 3:30 is great, it’s amazing what only an extra hour and a half will do! i always felt a nightime crunch getting home with my little guy around 6, and then having no time before he went off to bed at 7….But it all worked out and I will say daycare benefited him in so many unbelievable ways so I focused on the positives!! You will have good and bad days – hang in there!!!

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63 Sarah October 16, 2013 at 9:45 am

Hugs from Canada. We are spoiled here. We get a year off for maternity leave. The goodbye will always be hard, but try to immerse yourself in work and not check in at home too too much. I’ll be thinking of you.

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64 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed October 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

Please tell me that the nursing room is called “the dairy”…just because.
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65 Courtney October 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

LOL…I’m so tempted to write that on the door now ;)

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66 Gina October 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

It’s definitely hard but only you know whats best for your family! Don’t be so hard on yourself, there are so many more working moms today and you know what? The kids are just fine. The earlier you go back to work I find that the easier it is. I was home for 1 year and a half before I went back with my first and only 8 weeks with my 2nd. My oldest (who is 8 now) still has difficulty leaving me and going to the afterschool program where my youngest is doing just fine. Keep your head up mama it will get better.

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67 Courtney October 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

That’s a really good point! My mom was a stay-at-home mom, and while it was totally awesome, I had a really hard time leaving my parents growing up (apparently I was awful going to preschool, and still cried every semester I went back to live at college…which was only 15 minutes away, mind you lol). And now (obviously) I still have really, really bad separation anxiety.

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68 Lou October 16, 2013 at 10:12 am

Going back is hard, I went back at 3 mos with my son (he’s almost 10 years old now) and I still remember the guilt and missing him. Going back PT is smart, I did the same and I think it helped. You will get into a routine and it will become second nature. If your job is flexible, stick with it … when the kiddo(s) get older and start school and activities, that flexibility will come in VERY handy. I have been in my current job for almost 14 years and the flexibility is one of the main reasons I stay.

:)

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69 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health October 16, 2013 at 10:18 am

I’m so sorry Courtney. I’m not a mom but I can imagine how hard it is leaving your baby for work. I think it’s really common now a days though. The part time hours sound like they will help too. Try to stay positive girly! You are doing what’s best for your family and as hard as it is, Lucas will love you that much more for it one day.
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70 ErikaMC October 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Even now over 2 years later I dread going to work and leaving my “baby” still. Sure it gets easier but that doesn’t make it any better. I guess my only advice is to make the time you are with him great. The dishes can wait if it means playing or reading for 15 minutes. You’ll probably be tired too from getting up early and staying up late to get everything done but as long as those minute inbetween are cherished than the droopy eyes are worth it.

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71 Brittany October 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Hi Courtney,
I haven’t commented on your blog before, but I’ve been following it awhile now, since my baby girl is exactly 2 weeks younger than Lucas! It’s so helpful for me to read that we are going through the same things, good and bad, and I find a lot of inspiration in your posts! I credit you for J’s love of her rainforest playmat, when I saw Lucas on his at a younger age than I expected, and I’m totally going through the same dread of going back to work in a little over a week :( so much harder than I thought it would be! Everyone goes through it, but for some reason it’s more on point when someone else is going through it (and blogging about it!) at the exact same time! Baby Lucas is adorable, and you are a great mom! Thanks for writing this blog!

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72 Katie@LifesNextBigStep October 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I know exactly what you are going through, as I did it myself a month ago. I thought something that would make it easier would be to go with Brooke to her first day for a couple of hours and be there with her. I was so incredibly wrong. I cried the entire time. I know the teachers were confused but I just could not stop, and everytime someone asked if I was okay, I cried even harder. The one thing that REALLY helped me was not doing drop off at all. For about 3 weeks, my husband would drop her off in the mornings and I would pick her up after work, and surprisingly enough, no tears were shed. After I got used to not being with her all day every day, I started doing drop off, and it just got easier. Give it time, allow yourself a good cry (or two, or three..or however many you need!) and I PROMISE PROMISE PROMISE it will get easier. I promise. It’s not always rainbows and butterflies and there will be days where you miss him like crazy, but it definitely gets easier! You got it, mama :)
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73 Kristi October 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I remember how hard it was going back to work after my daughter was born. At that time I only got six weeks off which didn’t feel like much! Thankfully my grandparent’s watched her which made it easier, but it was still hard.
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74 Heather October 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

This post hits very close to home for me! I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant and already dreading the end of my maternity leave, however I refuse to let it put a damper on my 12 weeks at home with my lil guy. Hearing about other people’s struggles with going back to work makes me feel less alone so thank you. My best friend just reentered the work force and while it was tough for the first couple of weeks, she said that she really appreciates her time at home with the baby even more now. And you’re so lucky to have a friend watch the baby! We’re going the daycare route since we don’t know many people down here in Atlanta and that makes me so nervous!!

Sending you lots of love!!

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75 Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats October 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm

VIRTUAL HUG!!!! I’m sure you guys will be ok once you get your routine down. Lucas knows you guys love him and are the best parents EVER!!!
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76 Kelly @ Femme Fitale October 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Thinking of you this week! I have complete empathy. Just remember that Lucas is in great hands and he will thrive. You’ve already set him up for success after a ton of love and positive attachment over the past few months. You’ll get into a groove, and I think you’ll learn to appreciate your time with him even more (if that is even possible). Looking forward to reading how it’s all going.
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77 sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com October 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm

hope it goes well for you. I get out of work by 3;30 too and it makes the world of difference!
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78 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen October 17, 2013 at 5:03 am

Virtual hug coming your way!!! Good luck this week!!! :)

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79 Leslie October 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

So I know you posted this a couple days back but I’ll send a virtual hug anyway because goodness gracious, leaving your little man behind is no joke. I feel so blessed to be able to stay home with our peanut but honestly, SO MANY benefits are there when you are a working mom. He’ll get used to being around others which socializes him, think about how excited you’ll be to see him every night, AND the two incomes is going to be huge. I can tell you that staying at home with our child is great but there are days come 4pm I need a glass of wine pronto, or money is super tight, or Addison will show stranger anxiety to her own grandmother. There are so many pros and cons to both sides of the coin and you just have to do what is best for your family. I give you major props and mad respect for going back to work and making it happen. XOXO!
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80 Becky October 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

Aw Courtney that is so so so hard. I have a 5 month old baby girl and I’m from Canada so we are fortunate to get a year off… I would be a wreck too if I was in your shoes. But u are so incredibly strong and you have great support. Ill be thinking of u.

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81 Libby October 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm

(((HUGS))) <3
As I read this I realized that today was the day you "went back for real" so I thought I'd send some virtual hugs your way. Just know it's all for him and your beautiful family. It will get easier. I'm not a mom yet, but I've been very close to co-workers as they've come back from their maternity leave and they seemed a little better each day, less tears, and more getting their groove back at work. One even told me that after a little while it felt good to get back into her career and she felt more like herself again as she delved back into the work she was so passionate about.
Here's to it getting easier as the days pass and you getting your groove back!
xo

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82 Kristen @ kristenione October 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

LOTS OF VIRTUAL HUGS…now my tear ducts have had a workout because I know exactly how you feel and this took me back to when I had to go back to work, last year! It was the hardest thing ever! You’re right that you will get in a routine and that will help. You will always want to be with your child (that’s why you’re a great mom) and who knows, down the road that might be an option but what helps me the most is knowing my baby is well taken care of while I’m away and sounds like you have a good caretaker in place as well. I think it is harder on us than it is on them! I promise it will get better!
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83 Nala-S October 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Awww, I know this days after this post was actually put up. But I’m still sending lots of virtual hugs your way. I hope everything is going well with your transitioning back to work. I know you can’t wait to come home and spend all that time with your little one =) He is so adorable and believe me when I say he is one lucky kid with you as his mama. I’m sure the guilt will easen some and it helps you have a friend to help watch him =) Keep strong!!

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