Back to Work

Well, I go back to the office in a little over a week…


… I can’t believe how quickly my maternity leave flew by. The past five weeks have made me truly, truly spoiled, especially since Justin’s been home with us girls most of the time. Thinking about being in the office again and not at home with my loves (and my licorice stash) has me pretty sad, so I’ve been trying to concentrate on the positives.

1. Getting dressed up.  Or just getting dressed, period. Yoga pants and nursing tanks have been my daily ensemble and yyyyeah, it’s about as cute as it sounds. I can’t wait to get back into some cute, dressy things and have an opportunity to wear my two new pairs of heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeels. They make me feel normal.

2. Starbucks, my most beloved addiction. I pass 4 different stores on my way to work… no one has that sort of will-power, especially me.

That’s about it.

I will miss pretty much everything about being at home, I’m not gonna lie. Except not having satellite. Have I mentioned that yet? How we are the only tenants in this complex whose signal is blocked by A FLIPPING TREE? I’ve been on a steady diet of The George Lopez Show and Dr. Phil for the past few months since we only have the basic channels and let me tell ya, it’s been really great. Peachy, even. I’m sure that if I didn’t have Netflix to entertain me, I would have stabbed my eyes out some sort of rusted, pointy object by now.

We’ll see how well I deal with this working mom thing. I’ve never wanted anything more than to stay home with my kids, but I’m going to give this an honest shot and see how it goes. It’ll definitely be a challenge. To the ladies who manage to work on top of every other wifely/motherly duty, do you have any tips for me? Share, share. :)

21 thoughts on “Back to Work

  1. morgan, she is just so beautiful.

    just letting you know that we lost our baby….please pray for us.

  2. That little outfit…you’re killin’ me!!! When can I steal her? ;)

    (Woohoo Dr. Phil!!! Lol. I may or may not record the show every day…)

    I’m guessing that is going to suck majorly going back to work. What is little lady going to do?

  3. what a sweet picture! my thoughts are with you as you return to work. i imagine that will be quite heart-wrenching.

    my prayers are with tristan as well.

  4. Well here are some tips…and even know I have 2 I still make mistakes and when I tuck in my babies at night…think of ways that I need to be a better mom. The endless battle. :)

    * It’s a sacrifice no matter what…just do what works for your family
    * It gets easier
    * When you are home…devote all your time to her when she is awake the dishes or any cleaning or blogging or anything else can wait…when you take the time to cuddle her and love on her it’s special and that’s all that matters
    * You can call and vent and cry and email I am here

    ps somehow I think you are going to be home :) call me crazy

    No matter what you are a good mom, and god chose you to be Maddie’s and no one else.

    Love you!

  5. My best advise is…Be forgiving of yourself. Maddie will a-okay either way you choose because she has you as a mommy and her daddy for her daddy. Take your time and take small steps when you have a choice.
    Much love
    Good Luck

  6. Aww my favorite picture! We were driving home and I gave Cale a sad face and instead of Sad Panda he said Sad Pink Bear. I totally didn’t get it until he said “umm like the baby in the bear suit” Ohh!! haha

    And yes it will be rough I’m sure, but I’m hoping you find your perfect balance so that you can share all your secrets to being a fabulous working mom. Then when my turn comes your experience will make mine easier. :)


    Ahh, how adorable. Geez. She’s sad for you to go.

    I go back to work Monday after two weeks off, and although I have no small child to leave behind, I just want to let you know that I TOTALLY have been living in yoga pants.

    I don’t even know if I’ll fit into dress pants anymore.


  8. Lordy, she is cute!! I hope the transition goes well and that you are okay when you leave her for the first time. She’ll be fine- it’s always harder on the mom, unfortunately. Enjoy your beautiful clothes (are you back into your pre-pregnancy clothes???? AMAZING!!!), your grown-up heels, and your lattes!!

    GL!! I can only imagine how hard this will be for me once I have babies as well!

  9. Hey! I just stumbled over here from Confessions of a Jersey girl and wanted to let you know that I think your little girl is adorable!

    It’s tough going back to work after a time of not being there. I only had 1 week for Christmas, but it was enough to let me know what it was like not to have to wake up early and do all the worky things I do on a daily basis. I like your attitude, though. Getting dressed up is a lot of fun when you haven’t done it in a while!

  10. I know just how you feel. I’m fortunate enough to be able to work from home Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays but this Tuesday will be my first full day away from my 7-week old little boy. I’m excited to go back to work but it makes my heart hurt a little to think about being away from him. However, I think the time apart will be good for me because it will make me appreciate the time I do have with him. I’ll be thinking of you and you get ready to make the transition!

    And seriously, your little lady is insanely cute.

  11. Eeek! Maddie is the cutest! Love that picture!

    What a bummer you have to go back to work — but you are right — there are a lot of positives, like dressing up and getting back in your heels! Good luck in your first week back … can’t wait to hear all about how you balance being Morgan and being Maddie’s mommy!

  12. America is MEAN! We get a year in Canada. I cannot imagine going back after only 6 weeks. How do you work breast-feeding? Do day-cares actually take kids that little, because they sure as heck don’t in Canada! It’s hard to find day-care for kiddos under one, they don’t want ’em.

    Sorry, I don’t mean to be a downer. I’ll stop now.

    I’m not a mommy, so I don’t have any sage bck-to-work advice for you. Just try to do the best you can, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Savour each moment with your little bundle of joy… and hopefully it will all get easier as you develop a routine!

  13. That’s terrible that you only get 6 weeks. Alicia got 12. She got 6 weeks of state disability and then Target also gave her 6 weeks additional. Do you have to go back so soon? Hopefully it is just part time. I know how much you wanted to stay home.
    When you are home and Maddie is awake just enjoy her, she’s only this little one time. Remember…
    Cleaning and scrubbing can wait until tomorrow, because babies grow up, I’ve learned to my sorrow. So hush-a-bye cobwebs, dust, go to sleep. I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep!

  14. Let me encourage you a little with my own experience. I felt very similarly as you did when my baby was at this age (in November). Now that he was here, and we had bonded so, I couldn’t believe I was going to leave him every day. Now sitting at 12 weeks, I can honestly say it’s going very well. Of course I miss him like crazy while I’m gone, but a few of the positives are a) wearing real clothes (i’m with you on the “items that stretch” being standard fare over maternity leave) b) being with other adults talking about things besides nap times and spit up c) less bouts of frustration with the trials and tribulations of babydom because I’m just so happy to be holding him again. In other words, I don’t take a second we have together for granted. He could be screaming and I’d be kissing his face over and over again. I even found myself semi-excited when he’d wake up in the middle of the night to feed cause I was going to see and hold him again. Note, I said semi. :) Overall, going to work and coming home to my family have given me a sense of balance that makes this whole baby thing seem doable. I did NOT expect that. When I fear he will forget me or I worry about our bond, I look at the many, MANY mothers I know who worked either because they had to or wanted to, and see how much their older children love them and the close bond that they have. I know God will preserve that relationship between me and my son, as I feel me working is the best choice for our family and our goals right now. So that’s my bit of encouragement for you, as sappy as it was at parts. Good luck. You can DO this.

  15. Just found your blog and wanted to say hello. Your entries crack me up.

    I hope you have a good transition back to work and enjoy the hell out of your Starbucks! ;)

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