The perks of being a working Mama
So, I recently had to return to work. Maternity leave was up and well I wasn’t getting paid to stay at home anymore, unfortunately. But going back to work and having to leave my daughter at home was one of the hardest things I think I’ve ever had to do.
Of course it doesn’t help that of the 4 months leave that I had, I only had 2 weeks at home with Anastasia (NICU stay of 84 days). So I was barely getting the hang of having a baby home before I had to come back to work. The only thing that helped was the fact that I knew she was in good hands, after all who better to take care of her than my own mother.
Grandma for the win!
As hard as it is leaving her every morning to come to work, I’ve realized that there are some perks to being a working mama.
Gotta love my bulky headset... tech support life
Let’s face it, when you have a newborn your social life kind of gets put on the back burner. At least for me it was. I was never a social butterfly and usually prefer to keep to myself but after a while even someone like me begins to crave for some adult conversation. It was nice to be able to have someone answer your question too. Asking a baby why they wont stop crying usually means your tired and are at your wits end, and is usually answered with more crying either from you, the baby, or both.
2. Change of Scenery
As I mentioned in a different post, the first few days Anastasia was home, I would only leave the room to make her milk. In that same sense, I would only leave the house for one of three reasons.
- Doctors Appointments
- Visit the grandparents
So yeah, it’s kind of nice having a change of scenery, not just where I am but the noises around. At home we had noise machines and lullabies, here I have keyboards and people talking, which for some reason I find comforting.
3. A break
I don’t know if this makes me sound like a terrible mama but I’m sure there is at least someone out there who agrees with me. Sometimes, especially with a newborn, it’s nice to have a little break. To know that she is in good hands and is safe and to give you some time in the day where you’re not constantly worried about her and her needs. Then when I get home I feel refreshed and energized to take care of her until the next day.
4. Appreciation of the time you have
Last but not least, what I noticed almost immediately after returning to work is how much more I appreciate and take advantage of the time I do have with Anastasia. Working a 9 to 5 (Mon-Fri) job makes me enjoy my evenings and weekends even more. When I get home at the end of the day I swear that Anastasia is even cuter than when I left.
So, although I would totally be a stay at home mom if I could, I wanted to take a moment and dwell on the perks of being a working mama. I have my goals and plans for the future to be able to have even more time with my little one but as it is now, it’s not so bad.