Back to work!

So after three months of being a full time mom, I’m back at work. I was full of trepidation for all the past week. How will I handle work? How much has changed? How am I going to get it all done?

That last fear hasn’t actually gone anywhere — there was plenty to be done when I was home doing it full time — but my psuedo-new-job anxiety has dissipated. I’ve been working for my employer for a long time — 6.5 years by my count. I’ve done the new-baby/pumping-mother routine before. While it is all unaccustomed based on my previous 12 weeks, none of this is actually new to me. That helps.

I’m hoping to bring a fresh energy and perspective to my job. In some ways the time off wasn’t just a maternity leave, it was a sabbatical. Having someone who knows the company inside and out AND who isn’t looking at it with jaded eyes can be valuable, and I hope I use that space to propose and execute some new and exciting ideas. I’m also thinking that work-related/tech-related reading for my pumping time (instead of the Economist) is a winning idea.

Notes from the first day:
*The server room (pumping room) isn’t as cold as I remember. Thank heavens.
*I went to see Thane at lunch and feed him. It was nice to get a little snuggle break in my day, and really doesn’t take that long.
*While I skirted dehydration while I was at home, my “at work” habits involve massive amounts of liquids, both of the caffeinated and non-caffeinated variety.
*My coworker managed to keep most of the plants alive while I was gone
*They MOVED the COFFEE!!!!
*There were at one point three of us pregnant in the office. One of them wasn’t in the office today. I asked another colleague how far along she was and his reply was “Three centimeters.” Heh. I wonder if we’ll have any overlap, or if she’ll go out just as I’m coming back!

The real challenge of working will be sleep. Thane is still waking up once or twice a night. Heck, GREY is still waking up once or twice a night. If I get up with my husband (and I really need his help in the morning), that involves getting out of bed at like 6:45!!! I need to go to bed earlier. My mom gave me a great piece of wisdom, that I will share with you.

The first three minutes getting out of bed are hard. But they’re almost as hard as 10 am as they are at 7 am. Make the sacrifice early and enjoy the time.

We’ll see if you’re right, mom.

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Brenda currently lives in Stoneham MA, but grew up in Mineral WA. She is surrounded by men, with two sons, one husband and two boy cats. She plays trumpet at church, cans farmshare produce and works in software.

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