Work It, Mama

While I was home this summer, I heard two questions over and over again. I’ve already answered the first one here, about how I ended up going out for maternity leave so early. Paul got asked that one too, but not surprisingly he didn’t get asked this one: “Are you going back to work?” I get why people ask this, but I was pretty surprised by how many people seemed to assume that I would say no.

When PJ was in the NICU we had talked about what would happen if he started to show signs of having special needs from being born so early. If that had been the case, I probably would not have returned to the office and taken up the different kind of work involved with taking care of those needs. Thankfully, we never came to that bridge because he seems to be on track for all his major development milestones.

Without that hurdle, it was pretty easy to say that I was going to go back. First off, I really enjoy my job and still have professional goals I’d like to achieve. Second, even though we survived the summer without my regular income, we know we can give PJ many more fun adventures with it.

Of course I had a few days this summer where I really thought about what it would be like to stay home with my little man every day, and now that I’m back to work I look forward to my days off with him from the minute I leave home on Monday to the minute I get home on Thursday. But the thing is, I’m way better at marketing than at housekeeping (quit nodding, Paul). And if that became my job, I know I’d be terrible at it, and that wouldn’t be good for anyone.

So I’ve started the last two weeks on a baby-snuggle high, and the last two weekends feeling good about what I’ve gotten done at the office. I know not every week will be good like this, but it’s a good start.


5 thoughts on “Work It, Mama

  1. It isn’t for everyone, but I can honestly say that I am a better mother to my child because I work. Again to MY child. Everyone is different. I like that I’m showing her that women can make their own money, forge their own path in the working world. She is much more rounded because of daycare and my mom than she would ever be staying home with me. I know this because I know myself. Many other women stay at home and it becomes the best preschool/adventure that you could imagine. Just not my forte and happy that there are places where Ella can go to get the best of both worlds.

    • Yes, I get what you’re saying! I am lucky that my company has worked out a schedule for me where I have three days off instead of two so I’m hoping to make the most of it. It’s a big adjustment, but I think it’s the right decision.

  2. I am continuing to work too for the same reasons! Love my job and I want/need the additional income. People ask me the same thing..especially with twins..but being a teacher is part of who I am and I plan to continue to do so! I did extend me maternity leave (well…I’m planning to officially this week) because the boys spent six weeks or so in the hospital..but come January I will be back in action and I’m looking forward to it.

    • I extended my leave too because of all our NICU time – so glad I did, the extra couple of weeks were the best weather for getting out in the sun 🙂 How are you and the boys adjusting to being home now? I hope everyone is doing well!

      • That’s awesome! We have adjusted pretty well! They’re on the same feeing schedule thankfully! My body is still adjusting to sleepless nights though lol

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