This morning marked the first day of returning to work after being on maternity leave for 12 weeks with my second son. I think it was harder this time than last. So many things are bitter sweet as I’m seeing how quickly they both are growing and I’m pretty sure we’re stopping with just the two. I have to keep telling myself that, otherwise I’d keep having kids. (more about that in made for making babies)
I prepared myself and the family as well as I thought I could. I actually went back to work a week early. I started trying to ease all of us into it by starting back a week early with half days. I knew when I started back to work I’d have to start back to getting up early. With the birth of Rex, and being an exhausted mommy of a newborn… and a toddler, I had gotten used to staying in bed until 9am or 10am.
Before the new guy joined us, I would get up for work at 7 and make sure that Jake and Jude were up between 7:30-8 pm and getting ready to leave shortly after I left. That time also got pushed further back. Jude was lucky all summer to make it to school before 8:40. That’s dangerously close to missing breakfast. Well school breakfast that is. He also got in the habit of having a Pop-Tart here before leaving for school. Yep, full on Hobbit with 1st and 2nd breakfast every day.
So… easing back into it. We worked on it last week. I took Jude to school everyday. That way Jake wouldn’t have to load up the baby just to take Jude to school. So we got up earlier each day. We had some rough times trying to get ready, but once Jude was up and dressed, he was good to go. The going to bed routine is what’s really been tough. But we’ll continue to work on it.
My first week back at full-time was a bit crazy. It was a short week, which was nice. I went back the day after Labor Day. Wednesday was our first BIG Cafe event where entrepreneurs came to talk about their business and get feedback from other local business owners. It was a big success. Well-attended with great feedback. Thursday we held open house for the College of Business to see our newly renovated offices and progress on the construction of the FabLab. So my first week back I was busy helping with last minute odds and ends to get the offices presentable for Open House and picking up where I left off with clients.
It was amazing. I love the rush of deadlines. I love talking to people and having adult conversations. Conversations about business and students and things I understand. I love it. As bitter sweet as it is going back to work on the pretty strong assumption that Rex will be my last baby, I still love it. I enjoyed every minute of being home with him. But I really feel like I get some of me back with going back to work.
I love my career. I have the opportunity to help put Georgia Southern on the map through entrepreneurship and innovation. I’m able to finally work with my fellow Eagles and connect them with the business community to give them hands on experience. It’s the most rewarding job ever. I love what I do. And I love the people I work with. It’s a great position to be in and I realize I’m lucky.
While I was on maternity leave, I watched all of Mad Men. It was pretty great, but man did women get treated like shit! I love the idea of being that 60’s wifey and mommy. But I would go crazy staying at home, trying to keep up the house and play perfect mom.
I love being home and being mommy and wifey. It’s very rewarding. I know that I was made to be a mommy. My pregnancies and deliveries were pretty great. I have my doubts some times, but I think we’re doing a pretty good job as parents.
But I did finally find my career. And it’s good to be back.