Joining back work post-baby?

It’s been a while I have been meaning to pen down my thoughts on this topic. Now 2 months into the new job I think I know what this really feels like – joining back work post-baby!

When is the best time to get back to work?

I wish there was one right answer to this. I am pretty old school and even before I got married I was quite darn sure that the first 2 years of my baby’s upbringing I will not miss a moment even if that would mean taking a break from work. Luckily when I had Kenisha, I was running my own venture and being my own boss meant to manage work and baby at home easily. Nonetheless, many women do get back to work post maternity leave. I think each to their own and each mom has her own reasons to do what she does. However, if you have the lucky opportunity to spend the first 2 years with your child please do cling to it. I promise these would be most memorable – to watch each little milestone!

How do I handle this new change?

So many moms on Instagram asked me how on earth I took this difficult call to get back to a professional career? Will I be able to handle this new change?

Simply put, I planned it all much before in time. If you are anything like me and know for sure that one day you wish to get back to your career after a break or even start again, plan ahead. Think about the possibilities of how you and your baby can cope up with this new change. Do you have support at home, will having a full time Nanny help or would you meed a aycare support.

Planning ahead to keep it sane.

Please do not take up my timeliness as a benchmark as each child is unique and therefore no matter how much you plan there are often chances it may all fail in the end. Like all moms say, never give up and keep trying.

I decided in Nov 2016 to close down my venture by March 2017. Once this was done I took next few months to settle down with this new change and kept myself busy with my blogging and Insta life. At the same time, I decided to look for Montessori schools as Kenisha was going to turn 2 in June 2018. I was plain lucky to fall in love with the first school we visited. One criterion to pick this school was that it had a Daycare as well.

Kenisha settled pretty soon with a 3 hours school routine. This was my first step to plan and apply for jobs and start looking out. In 2 months I also decided to get her used to a daycare facility within the school. The school was open to my idea of sending her to Daycare for only half the month which meant 2-3 days a week at max. This was the phase when I saw her settling at Daycare and the feedbacks were very encouraging. In the meanwhile, I continued to give interviews and explore opportunities.

Finally, in December, I decided to try a full month daycare routine. This was our big test. Will Kenisha stay back for the day while Mumma is at work? Will all my hard work and planning pay? Plus I was almost closing on some opportunities and I really needed this confirmation so badly!

Bang on! My baby did well! She loves her school and her daycare. Mumma got a job just before New years and 2018 began on a wonderful note!

Nothing is as tough as it appears

So I took up a part-time job against a very high paying full-time job because 1. I have zero support apart from a daycare and 2. I also have 2 dogs that need me home early in the evening. I may not be making big bucks but I am content. I am lucky to have found a job that I enjoy and allows me to work as per my time criteria. It does look daunting to think about stepping out after such a long hiatus but its all worth it.

So go ahead Mumma, you can do it too! Wish you luck

If you are Mom who just got back to her career I did love to hear your views as well!

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  1. Check to see if your office already has something like this, and, if not, consider starting a group. Or, if that seems like too much right now, just invite one or more working moms out to lunch or take a coffee break with them in your first week back and ask them how they made the transition. You can build from there.