I have to say I feel very blessed to have been able to stay home with my DS for a full year. (Yay Canadian government!) I feel so very fortunate when I realize that so many moms have to go back when their DC are only 3 mos old. Nevertheless, I am nervous about going back and I really could use some advice.
First of all, I think it's partly that I don't know WHERE I will be working. I have a job with insane hours that as of now I am going back to (although I'm also currently looking for a new job). So the uncertainty is causing me stress. Also, my DS still nurses down for both naps and bed time. The only other person he goes down for is my mom (and she won't be his care-giver when I go back to work). I feel like I need to teach him to fall asleep on his own, but don't know how to do this when I don't believe in CIO! (He is a pretty intense and high energy little guy. He knows what he wants and isn't afraid to demand it!) How do I help him prepare and how do I feel ok about leaving him?
Also, I just need advice on handling the day to day. When do you all do house-work? When do you grocery shop? What do you do about meals (we don't really eat out for any meals. I always have packed our lunches for work days). Do you do pre-packaged? (I've never really done this but know I may have to) If so, how do you keep it healthy and budget friendly (scratch cooking is so much less expensive)? Do meal plans help?
Bah, the days are rushing by!! Please help!