Monday, 6 January 2014

Thoughts on returning to work after maternity leave

I'm not going to lie, I was dreading going back to work after maternity leave. DREADING it. I finished up at the start of November 2012, and returned at the end of November 2013, so just over a year 'off'. It's a long time to potter about the house on your own with a baby.

Things I worried about:

  • leaving my preshus baby at the evil nursery
  • not being able to do my job after a year of singing nursery rhymes
  • not being able to do my job because of lack of sleep/illness

But you know what? I actually really like the balance. I do 2.5 days a week which works perfectly for us, Matilda is in nursery two days a week and on the third day my husband and I split the childcare. She loves nursery, and although my fears about getting back into the swing of things and being affected by sleep/illness haven't proved entirely unfounded, they aren't insurmountable, and that's what matters. I feel a lot more motivated than I have in months.

I don't know how people who go back full time cope though. I'd definitely need a cleaner!

Positive thinking

One of my new years resolutions for 2014 was to think more positively, inspired by my lovely squirrel friend Katie. I am a pessimist by nature, but I believe we can change the way we think about the situations we find ourselves in, making ourselves happier, and healthier in the long run.

Part of this 'thinking positively' lark is starting this blog. I find it easier to live positively if I think someone is watching me. Even if I'm just santering away to myself in my corner of the web, the thought that maybe, just maybe, someone is looking, is enough of a kick up the arse for me to get up, go out and cheer the fuck up.

I'm a part time working mummy to a delicious little ginger pig called Matilda who is 13 months old.

We live in London, although we are soon to make the scary move from North to South, so I'll be documenting life in London with a baby, exploring a whole new world south of the river, and moving house with a toddler in tow.