(Closed) Going back to work after materntiy leave.. severe anxiety, help!

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
980 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s hard but gets easier.

1) do some hours at the daycare this week if possible. Spend time there, then leave baby there while you go run some errands. It will make you more comfortable.

2) Do whatever daycare prep you can this week. Dropping off supplies, etc, because day 1 will likely feel hectic.

3) You will cry. That is totally normal and okay. Baby might cry too, but you will definitely do the lion’s share of crying. Baby will be okay.

4) day 1 back won’t be as bad as you think. Everyone will be happy to see you and you will spend lots of time showing off baby photos and talking about the baby. I thought I would cry all day, but it was much more fun to be back than I expected.

5) The new boss part is tricky, but try to think of it as an opportunity. You can plan ahead what you want to talk about. Sell yourself, what you’ve worked on, and what you hope to work on next.

Good luck Bee! Remember there is lots of research showing working moms are good for kids. All will be OK!

Post # 4
3109 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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PSUgirl08 :  I had so much anxiety when I took my son to daycare at 12 weeks. Honestly it was the BEST decision for us. He is very well socialized and happy there. I wasn’t that excited to actually go back to work but find that I am a better mom when I have some time apart from him. 

He’s almost 3 now and I talk with my BFF all the time about how happy I am that this is our path. 

It will be hard at first but it will be great!

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