My First Week Back to Work After 5 Months of Maternity Leave

My first day back to work after being on maternity leave for 5 months was just as I expected. It was busy, hectic, good, overwhelming and EXHAUSTING!

I teach 6th grade and Monday felt like the first day of planning week after summer break except with students in my class. I told myself my goal was just to survive the day and make it home to my family and that’s exactly what I did.

THE MORNINGS…

Our mornings start really early! All of us are ready to go and out the door by 6:15 ish in order to make it to work on time. My husband drops the girls off at daycare by 6:30 am and I head the opposite direction to work. Both of us have to be to work by 7:00am.

This week our mornings ran VERY smoothly! I’ve learned it’s important to get Ava up early so she has plenty of time to get ready. Well plenty of time for US to get her ready. Waking her up between 30-40 minutes before we leave prevents us from rushing her which also prevents toddler melt downs.

MY DAYS AT WORK…

Work has been really good. I feel very positive and excited for the school year. I did get a little bit overwhelmed here and there but I’m just taking it one day at a time and eventually I will get caught up with everything.

THE AFTERNOONS…

Thankfully my husband and I both get off work early in the day. We are all usually home by 4:15pm which is nice! From the time we get home until it’s time to put the girls to bed my husband and I feel like we are just full throttle! Together we make dinner, pack lunches, give baths, and get both girls ready for bed. Whew! That’s a lot! On good days BOTH girls are in bed by 7:30ish. HAHA..so far that only happened yesterday. Here lately, Zoey has been a night owl and hasn’t been falling asleep until around 8:30 or 9:00pm. I think daycare has finally caught up to her so hopefully she’ll keep going to bed around 7:00pm.

THE EVENINGS…

Once the girls are tucked in bed Joey and I have the rest of the evening together. We usually watch one of our shows together and are in bed by 9:00 – 9:30pm. We may or may not have gone to bed at 8:30pm some nights this week.

WHAT HAS BEEN HELPFUL

  • MY HUSBAND- There is no way things would be running smoothly if it wasn’t for my husband. He helps out so much and I am so thankful and so blessed to have him by my side everyday. Raising a family truly takes teamwork.
  • MEAL PREPPING – On Sunday I cut all of our veggies and marinated a bunch of meat. This helped make cooking dinner during the week much easier and quicker. I also prepped part of Ava’s lunches. Having everything prepped saved me so much time!
  • WAKING EVERYONE UP EARLY – Everyone gets up early which gives us plenty of time to get out the door without rushing. When we rush, everyone is stressed including the toddler which then leads to toddler meltdowns which then leads to mommy meltdowns. So thank goodness for waking up early!

A FEW BUMPS IN THE ROAD

  • ZOEY- I typed up a list of information about Zoey to give to her teachers on her first day. I included everything EXCEPT her infantile hemangioma! I forgot to inform them about her hemangioma. When I picked her up that afternoon her teacher had some questions about it. She was afraid that maybe tummy time would hurt her, but it doesn’t. She doesn’t even know she has it.
    •  I also learned that the infants need either a onesie with pants and socks or footed pajamas. They can’t wear just a onesie because the room is too cold. Well, guess what! I only have TWO PAIRS of pants for Zoey and maybe four footed pajamas. Thankfully, I had enough for the week but I am headed to the baby thrift store this weekend to get her some more clothes.

Other than that my week has been really good! I know I’m definitely looking forward to not having to pack lunches Friday afternoon!

Thank you for all of the prayers and well wishes this week!

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