I put a lot of pressure on myself to return to work at a fixed date, which in retrospect was not a great idea! Sorting out childcare arrangements, dealing with sleep regressions and not being quite physically ready to go back made it all more stressful than it needed to be – even small things like sorting out a work wardrobe that would fit but also accommodate breastfeeding felt tricky. I did look forward to getting back to my ‘old’ life too, though, interacting with people and getting out and about.
Giving myself a bit more time would have helped for sure, but it is difficult to balance financial demands against time with your baby. I was super resistant to working part-time but, when my daughter was one, I did switch to part-time and it has been brilliant.
Thank you so much Melissa!