This week marks two months since my maternity leave ended and I returned to work. Whilst there are some aspects of returning to work that completely suck, I’ve managed to find some hidden perks which make the days apart much easier to get through.
Your maternity leave is coming to an end
and you’re dreading leaving your little friend.
But, whilst the transition is going to be tough,
there are some perks that make it slightly less rough.
Here are the small perks that have helped me to survive,
as I returned from maternity leave to my nine to five.
Whilst my little girl truly is amazing,
looking after her all day can be draining.
Going back to work is like getting a pause,
a break from all the mayhem that she can cause.
It’s a little bit of normality,
that has been good for my sanity.
I get to think like myself again.
Start using my brain again.
No mucky faces or dirty nappies.
No hungry baby screaming: “Feed me please.”
I get to indulge in adult conversation,
without being referred to as “R’s mum”.
I get to eat my lunch without having to share.
No baby climbing all over me and pulling my hair.
I get to go to the toilet on my own.
Enjoy my personal space – completely alone.
I can drink my cuppa before it gets cold
without the worry of spillages and scolds.
I can wear clean clothes that will stay that way.
No sticky fingers or snotty noses to keep at bay.
Then, at the end of the day, when my work is done
I get to rush right out of the door to my little one.
Of course I miss my daughter – I’ll tell you that for free.
But nothing beats that smiling face when I pick her up from nursery.
Our short time apart has made me much more patient.
The little things don’t make me mad, I’m just happy to be there for it.
Our bond has grown even stronger – and yours will too.
Because nothing will erase your child’s love for you.
So whilst going back to work has been a struggle.
It’s made me more appreciative of every single cuddle.
And when I’m full of mum-guilt I just think of the extra money
and all of the great things that I can now do with my little honey.
So, whilst you might find the return to work tough,
there are some hidden perks if you think hard enough.
If your maternity leave is ending soon I hope you also manage to find some hidden perks at work. Feel free to share your own positives in the comments below to help some other mums get through the tough days as they return back to work.