A false start…The reality of returning to work after maternity leave

This year, I was lucky enough to be able to take eight months maternity leave from work. Whilst this precious time off with my daughter was absolutely the best time of my life so far,  I was also keen to get back to ‘reality’ and the job that I love and had worked hard to get. I went along to regular keeping-in-touch meetings and childcare was sorted beforehand, as was my ‘set in stone’ return to work date so I felt super organised, in control and as ready to go back as I possibly could be. I wasn’t prepared for was how hard I would find it once I was back.

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Goodbye, maternity leave

I remember worrying about what I was going to do with all those days. Seven whole months. Well, eight including the full month that I sat on my arse watching Netflix and repeatedly Googling ‘How to start your labour’, whilst I impatiently awaited her arrival. I worried about how I wouldn’t be able to switch off from work and be a good mama. It’s hilarious really. (Although, I did take a few weeks to back off and stop checking work emails.) Continue reading

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Current state: Postnatal Paunch Probs…

A while back, I wrote a piece about how becoming a mother had given me a new-found confidence. A few people took it the wrong way and saw it as I was happy with my new post-natal body. Hell no. Don’t get me wrong, I still have the confidence to wear some ridiculous clothes but that’s just because becoming a parent has made me literally not give a shit about what other people think. It’s definitely not because childbirth blessed me with a banging bod. Continue reading