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Hi all,<br><br>
I've been very fortunate and have been able to SAH with dd for the past 5+ months, however very soon I must re-enter the job force. In addition to hating the thought of leaving her with someone else, I wonder how I can realistically work with a baby who still has me up several times a night, sometimes for hours on end.<br><br>
How do you guys balance it all? Do you have any time to work out anymore?
 

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Honestly, it can be overwhelming, especially at first. With that said...somehow your mommy powers just kick in and you can somehow manage to function at work with minimal sleep <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It does get easier as your babe gets older too. As far as being able to workout...I haven't been able to go once since ds was born...but that is just me. I am sure it is partially a matter of priority. What works better for us is going for a walk after I get off work. That way I get to be with ds while I get a little exercise in...
 

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I don't think I do balance it very well. I just do what needs to be done and try to give my kids as much time as I can. The older they get, the easier it is. I don't have time to work out any more. I'd either be giving up the few hours I have with the kids or giving up time I could be sleeping.
 

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Well, I was fortunate in that DS starting doing 5 hours stretches at night right before I went back to work. We were FFing (due to not finding MDC soon enough!!!) and DH would take the last feed of the night, allowing me to go to sleep around 9, and sleep till 3 or whenever DS woke, it worked out fine.<br><br>
As to working out I find it easier WOH, currently I run once a week on my lunch hour, run home one day a week, and run both Sat and Sun. DH is totally supportive of making this happen for me because working out totally helps preserve my sanity.
 

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It's difficult to balance everything, but somehow, like a PP stated, your mommy powers do kick in and you will survive. I went back to work when DS was 6 months old. He then and now continues to nurse throughout the night. At one point I thought I was literally going to die from sleep deprivation. As he got older, we would have some good nights, when he'd only be up 2-3 times as opposed to every hour, so I was able to get some halfway decent sleep a couple nights a week. Somehow your body phsically adjusts to the lack of sleep even though right now you may not believe that.<br><br>
As far as working out, I definitely do not get as much exercise as I did pre-baby, but I still make it a priority for my mental health as much as my physical health. DS is now two and often after work I will put him in the jogger and we will run to a park, play for a while and then run home - that way I get my exercise as well as some quality time with DS. Other days, DH and I will trade off running after work while the other gets some alone time with DS. I try to run 2x during the work week and both Sat and Sun. Personally, I think taking time to ensure our physical/mental health is essential. It not only sets a great example for DS in terms of him seeing us being active and enjoying it, it ensures OUR physical and mental well being so we can be better parents. That's why I try not to feel guilty when I take some "me" time to workout - it benefits everyone.<br><br>
Good luck going back to work!!
 

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<span style="color:#FF0000;">It's tough. I went back to work when dd was 4 months old and she was sleeping about 6 hrs/night before I returned to work and within a few days, she was back to being up several times through the night. I nursed her and we did co-sleep so it was easier than having to get up with her. The first year that I was back to work was a bit of a blur. It got easier as dd got older. I guess, for me, I was on my own and knew that I just had to suck it up and do it and I did. As far as working out, I never did it before so it wasn't a concern. I did walk a lot before having dd and I was able to continue doing that after having her... I just strapped her to the front of me. Now that she is older, we go biking together which is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">so much fun</span>!!!!</span>
 

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I work out at work and try to fit in bike rides with the baby on the weekends (before she was ready for the bike seat, stroller runs)
 

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most of the time, I am just living for the next thing! I keep a google calendar and basically I have to look at it in the morning to figure out what I'm doing that day and where I need to be when. Yikes!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Honestly, it can be overwhelming, especially at first. With that said...somehow your mommy powers just kick in and you can somehow manage to function at work with minimal sleep <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It does get easier as your babe gets older too. As far as being able to workout...I haven't been able to go once since ds was born...but that is just me. I am sure it is partially a matter of priority. What works better for us is going for a walk after I get off work. That way I get to be with ds while I get a little exercise in...</div>
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Exactly.
 

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You know.....I think that time stands still for those of us who have to work and parent at the same time. Okay, I'm kidding, but trust me, I'm no supermom and I manage to work full time, BF my 9 month old, keep up with the CD laundry, run 3x per week, softball once a week, yoga once a week, cycle on the weekends, and make/can my own babyfood. I do all of this, and still manage to catch some key TV shows, such as Heroes, House, and America's Next Top Model. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
That being said, I have an EXCELLENT and helpful husband. And when I'm tired, I let things slide. That means that the house gets messy, dishes pile up, workouts get tossed aside, and we rely on meals that I've frozen throughout the week. The key is to not let yourself get overwhelmed.
 
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