I just finished my first whole week of work after my one year maternity leave and it’s going well. Better than I had expected. It helps so much that Nathan’s home with Danny. But I still miss him so much. It’s hard to go from 100% at home with him to getting only a few precious hours.
This first week was really about finding a new routine. I’ve found that being back at work has brought back some old, not so great, habits.
So here’s where I’m at right now.
I have no need for an alarm clock anymore. I do wish that I could set the alarm that wakes me up. I would set it to go off at 6 and not 5 and I would have it set to giggles, or chirps and not cries.
(Although Nathan doesn’t always wake at 5 and he doesn’t always wake up crying, it does happen more than I’d like).
He is sleeping through the night, for the most part, so that’s something.
But needless to say, my days start a whole lot earlier now.
Usually I’ll go in and get Nathan and bring him right back into bed with me to nurse him. He’s not very interested in nursing anymore so this is often a short session followed by him clawing his way off of me to grab whatever is on our night stand. Or he beelines it to the bottom of the bed to play with the blinds. Needless to say, morning cuddles in bed are pretty much non-existent. So we get up. I change his diaper and we head downstairs.
I put him on the floor with his toys while I make coffee. My coffee habit (ahem addiction) is not one I’m wanting to change at the moment. I would like to have a healthier start to the day – drink lemon water or have tea instead – but I need coffee.
I then sit on the floor with him while he plays/tries to grab my coffee.
Depending on the time I’ll then have breakfast with him (oatmeal, toast, pancakes or eggs usually) and then at 7 Danny takes over while I get ready for work. I shower, get dressed, watch a show on my iPad while putting on my make-up and do my hair (right now I’m watching reruns of Being Erica on Netflix). I’m trying to establish the habit of having a glass of water while getting ready. I need to put more effort into this.
By 7:45 I’m ready to leave for work.
My work days have been going by really fast. I’ve had a lot of catching up to do from the time I was away (I haven’t done this role in about 2.5 years) and I have a number of projects and ideas that I want to initiate. (If you’re curious, here’s my other blog where I talk about the work I do.)
In the week that I’ve been back I’ve noticed some not so great work habits that need changing. I want to:
- drink more water – I bring my water bottle with me and I try to fill it up as soon as I get into work
- bring enough food – it’s so easy to spend a lot of money at work on coffees, muffins, chocolate, and pastries
- stop eating so much chocolate – at home I kept a bar of dark chocolate in the fridge at all times and munched on it throughout the day but am not so keen to keep this habit going, especially now that I’m not breastfeeding as much (those calories are not going to burn themselves off anymore!)
- leave my desk at lunch – this is a big one, sitting all day is hard! I’m doing yoga at lunch on Mondays with my good friend Charlotte (she teaches the class in an art gallery) and I hope to do more yoga at lunch at a nearby studio – we’ll see though it’s often hard to time it right. Once the weather gets nice I’ll for sure be getting out for walks, but for now I just need to move more. I’m not used to sitting all day or staring at a computer for as long as I do now.
So yeah, work is good. I miss Nathan but Danny and I email back and forth so I get all the news. We even met up over lunch one day this week! I’m so lucky!!
I’m usually home from work by 5 and am greeted by a very happy baby and a happy, but tired husband (he’s adjusting to our new routines too). Danny’s been making dinners so we usually sit down to eat pretty much right away.
After dinner I hug, kiss, cuddle, and tickle Nathan on our living room floor. We play with his toys and I tell him a billion times that I love him. He laughs a lot, makes sweet noises, and tries to walk (he’s almost there!).
I love this time but have been really tired this week. I know it’ll just take some getting used to.
I then start Nathan’s bedtime routine at around 7 and he’s down by 7:30 (usually). He (usually) goes to sleep without a peep and sleeps through the night.
After he’s down I do a clean-up and relax with a glass of wine or tea. Usually wine.
I’ve been in bed early (a habit I’d like to keep with). I usually read (I’m reading Harry Potter right now haha) and then lights out by 10 the latest.
And then up at 5 or 6 to do it all over again.
All in All…
I’d have to say life is good. I’m happy with our routine and I’m excited about this stage in our lives.
Now to tackle those habits….