Going Back To Work After Baby, My Story
This is not the first time I have gone through returning to work. However, it was different this time. New management, no supervisor. I’m going to break this story into 2 parts while I debate on how to approach the second part. This post is more of a vent and how horrible the night went. The second will address the issue of pumping at work. So if you don’t want to miss the pumping post sign up for emails on the right 🙂
With my first child (The Teen) I was a stay at home mom. Something I wish I could go back to. No pumping, no storing milk, no bottles, leaving instructions! It was easy.
My second child (The Toddler) was born to a full time working mom. I was working 40 or more hours a weeks until I was 8 months pregnant. I was put on “bedrest” by my doctor one month before my due date. I wasn’t really on bedrest just more of an “away from work rest” because my doctor is amazing. When I returned to work I went in as a part time employee. I had a meeting with my direct supervisor informing him of my decision unsure of whether or not they would accept that or tell me I would not be able to return at all. They were very understanding and I started working evenings during the week and full shifts in the day on weekends. There were a few new employees and I was scheduled my first week with only 3 shifts. Those shifts were with other people who were in my same position. I am a supervisor, there must be one in my department to close every night. The first night I had to leave because the baby was having issues.
This time around I was scheduled 4 days back to back with no other supervisor, other than the manager on duty. About an hour after my first shift started I got a text from Daddy informing me that the nipples we not flowing fast enough and that the Little Man could not get milk out of them. His exact words: “It’s like he’s trying to suck a watermelon through a coffee straw”. That’s just great! We had given him a bottle once while I took the Teen to the Science Fair and he had no problems. I bought more of those nipples. Eventually his got the hang of the bottle and I didn’t have to go home. But I spent the whole time wondering if he was OK.
I am very lucky to be leaving him with his dad and not taking him to daycare or leaving him with anyone else for that matter. I am also very lucky to have a husband who is fully capable and willing to take care of his children. I know my father would have never done what my husband does. I am eternally grateful to him. That said, I wish I could be a stay at home mom again!
I will be posting about pumping at work very soon. I was able to successfully pump and nurse The Toddler until 18 months, when we fond out we were pregnant with the Little Man. I will share my experiences and also a review in the very near future!
Thank you for reading and if you have any words of encouragement I could surely use them…