On September 8, 2015, my life was completely changed; I became a mom. As a recent inductee into this wonderful club called parenthood, I can now confirm several things that so many other parents already know to be absolute truths:
- My baby is, without a doubt, the cutest, most precious, funniest, sweetest baby that has ever graced this earth
- I am tired. Always tired
- You can learn to do almost anything with one hand
- Baby smiles are the best smiles – no one can resist a little toothless grin
- I am so tired
- As each month passes, I feel pretty accomplished for keeping my baby alive for another 30 days
- A hungry baby will smell milk and attack a bottle/breast like a wild zombie animal baby
- Tired doesn’t even begin to describe it
- Going back to work isn’t as bad as I thought it would be
I am fortunate enough to work for a company that offers 8 weeks of paid maternity leave, but I was still nervous and emotional about leaving my baby to come back to work. I love my job and the people I work with, but, like most new parents heading back to their jobs, I was dreading the fact that I would not be able to hold my sweet baby whenever I felt like it. Although I am lucky enough to have my family watch Henry while my fiancé and I are at work, I hated knowing that someone besides me would be taking care of him and possibly be witnessing him do things for the first time that I would be missing. Stealing those firsts that should be mine.
As my first week back at work is winding down, I am happy to say it is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I have to admit it is nice to have a little time to myself, away from my baby. Also, I look forward to going home so much more and I know that my weekends will be that much sweeter! Of course, I miss him like crazy, but I’m not at my desk crying every day, so that’s a win in my book. My co-workers are always asking about Henry, so I get to talk about him all of the time, which helps when I am missing him. In addition to the 8 weeks of paid maternity leave, netlogx really went above and beyond with providing a great place to pump and store my milk so I am able to provide food for my baby and don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable or awkward. I want to thank everyone here for being so supportive, caring, and accommodating; it has really helped make this transition easier on me!