So this happened!
I returned to work after four months leave. I had been dreading this day not because I don’t like my job but because I did not want to leave Xavi. I am a working mother.
The transition has been aided by the fact that Nash is on vacation for the next two weeks. This means that when I came home at lunch my baby was there. He was having a great time with his father and I am glad that the two of them have this time to chill out together.
Therefore, my first work day was fine. I am not looking forward to the fast approaching day that I have to take Xavi to the sitter though!
I know I have been missing in action on the blog. In the last four months while I was on maternity leave and vacation I slowed right down! That meant no work, no meetings, very few commitments and deadlines and only rare outings. In addition to taking care of my baby during this time, it was also a great opportunity for personal introspection. I studied more scripture, I wrote a lot and I spent a lot of time in quiet self-examination (while nursing baby, bouncing baby and of course when he slept).
I don’t know if I will have another point in my life where I will be able to take such a large chunk of uninterrupted time to just be present in the moment with my son, to marvel at his antics, to get frustrated in one minute and smile in the other, to watch him sleep, roll, laugh and so much more. It was a gift which I treasured.
Going back to work felt like the first day of school (definitely mixed emotions). The fact that I had my hair in cornrows/flat twists (ginnys as we call them) added to that feeling. I have not worn my hair like this since high school! It is a great protective style for natural hair though. Shout out to Latricia for hooking me up last minute!
Like numerous moms before me, I dressed up and showed up and I was fine. If you are a working mother – you rock!
To all moms and mom figures stay awesome. We all make different choices when it comes to raising our children and that is A-Ok. From staying at home to working or breastfeeding or formula feeding or natural birth or c-section…it does not matter. The goal is happy and healthy children.
I hope each and everyone one of you will have a wonderful week.