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Hi Mamas!
I am going back to work in 4 weeks and I am half filled with excitement and half filled with dread. Does anyone have any annecdotes from their lives to share with me about going back to work?
I know it is going to be hard at first, but does it get easier? Do you feel peace about working outside of the home? I am really nervous but really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with my career. We've found a wonderful dc for dd, I know it won't be like having her home with us but I feel optimistic that she will thrive there.
Any support will be appreciated!
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It is really hard at first and does get better. I have good days and bad days. Sometimes I am fine with my decision to work, other times I miss dd all day. Depends on my mood-in fact, I had a love/hate relationship with my job before I had a baby now that I think about it, now its just that there is something much better that I could be doing...anyway don't mean to ramble but wanted to say good luck and you will find a lot of support here.

One piece of advice: enjoy your last few weeks not working. I worried for a month or so before going back to work and I wish I had just relaxed cause it wasn't as bad as I thought
Thank you for the reassurance! That is great advice, I will do my best to follow it! I keep reminding myself that 4 weeks is a long time!
Even when you have only 1 week left, try to think of it as a long time, because in the scheme of things, it is. You might not get another chance for a long time (if ever) to do nothing but hang out with your baby for a whole week.

It is very hard, especially for us attachment parenting moms, I think. Being an attachment parenting mom makes it very hard to leave your baby when you go back to work, but when it comes down to it, it's what's best for our babies so we do it. So know that all the pain that you'll feel is because you love your baby so much, and are perfectly and wonderfully attached to her.

But anyway, you probably shouldn't even be checking out this forum yet... spend every second with your daughter that you can, and make every minute happy and worry-free. Have a wonderful 4 weeks!
Hey Suzy! I just stumbled on your post -- I promise not to stalk you!

I was just telling a friend yesterday that the very first day back at work actually wasn't too bad. It was like the first day of school -- I was kind of excited to wear my new clothes, see old friends, have adult conversations! It was the second day that was the killer, when it sunk in that "Oh, I'm going to have to leave her EVERY day". When I nursed her to sleep that night, I had a good cry. But it got a little easier every day after that, and seeing that she was happy and having fun really did help.

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Thanks! I am going to make every day count!
PS Hi Jellyfishy! Stalk me anytime!
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