Going back to work after maternity leave the second time around is much harder. I’ve been back 8 weeks this week and I’m feeling shattered. Being up at night a few times then getting up at either 4:30am or 5:30am is exhausting. Plus getting everything organised the night before, you have double the pack lunches to arrange, double the spare clothes to organise. The list is endless!
I’ve found it much harder this time. Even though I’ve gone back part time. It hasn’t helped that baby Dottie is very clingy. She would happily sit on my lap or lie in my arms all day long. She panics if she can’t see me. But then she’s just turned 10
I work 2 mornings during the week (at the moment until I use up all my annual leave) and all day Saturdays. My mother in law has both girls on the weekday mornings then on Saturdays they are with Mr B. I did arrange for baby Dottie to stay with my mum for the 2 mornings but she hated being separated from her sister as well as me. So they are both at mine now with my mother in law. I’ve arranged for baby girl to start pre school in April after she’s turned three on go on the mornings I work, so then there is only baby Dottie for my mother in law to look after. I think the two of them are a bit much for her. When I get home the house is a bombsite, with toys everywhere! Then I get
The great thing about only working mornings is that we spend every afternoon at the park, weather permitting. It’s their treat. Also I get mummy guilt for leaving them, so I do what they want to do.
Like after my first maternity leave, I’ve gone back to work while still breastfeeding. She still wakes in the night for a dream feed. Then she has a feed as soon as I get home (she’s gagging for it by then!) then in the evenings she has a couple of feeds. She won’t drink milk out of a bottle or a beaker. I’ve tried numerous times. But unlike her sister a bottle is not for her. Now she’s nearing 12 months old I’m going to start trying her with cows milk in a month or so. Hopefully she might take to that.
This time I will keep breastfeeding until she decides to stop herself. I only stopped breastfeeding my toddler when I found out I was pregnant as I wanted a break in-between them.
The key to going back to work after maternity leave the second time around is organisation, and chocolate. You will need the chocolate for energy (Boost bars are good for this). Make lists to remember everything, because after two babies you will have severe baby brain and will be living in a fog!
If you went back to work after maternity leave, how did you find it?
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