For over 2 years now I have been a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM). 2 1/2 weeks ago I returned to work. And trust me, it has been one of the hardest things I’ve encountered in my Mamahood journey! If it wasn’t a necessity, I could honestly say, it wouldn’t be happening… But unfortunately it is a necessity for us at the moment and these are the things I have learned in the last 3 weeks.
- Nothing can prepare you emotionally– It doesn’t matter what you do or tell yourself, you will not be able to prepare yourself for leaving your babies. It will be harder than you expected.
- Have AT LEAST 2 sitters lined up!– You will need your normal everyday sitter and then at least 1 emergency backup (I would suggest having 2 backups just in case 1 is busy). I have actually had to call in to work the last 2 days because my normal sitter is in the hospital and I haven’t been able to find help on such short notice.
- Breastfeeding is hard, but not impossible- So far I have been blessed with the fact that my place of employment is understanding and accommodating to the fact that I am choosing to breastfeed my infant. You will have to MAKE THE TIME to pump and consciously do things to keep up your milk supply. Try to keep all your pump parts together, I have forgotten parts or the bottles twice now and my breasts hated me for it!
- You will feel guilty- You will question yourself and you will feel like a bad Mom. Try not to dwell in it.
- Burn Out- You have to, HAVE TO, rest! Don’t try to be super woman! If you’re tired, rest. With a 6 week old ( 3 1/2 weeks when I went back to work) and 3 other small boys I’m trying not to neglect, Church, Friends, Family, Cleaning, grocery shopping, my blog and online classes, etc. I am struggling to find the proper balance. I have yet to figure out how to schedule in time for my yoga and time for myself!
- Diet- One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed is the unfortunate way I’ve started feeding not only myself, but my family… I have started doing the unthinkable in my mind and feeding “ready made” (frozen) to my family! I can’t stand the fact that I’m feeding them all these preservatives and stuff, but I’ve been too exhausted to cook…
So, these are the main things that I have been struggling with and actively seeking solutions too.
Did you return to work after having your baby? How long after he/she was born? What were the things you struggled with and what solutions did you come up with to push though? Please let me know in the comments, I really need to know!
Namaste Y’all ❤