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July 17, 2011

Today is the start of my first full work week back from maternity leave. So far it is just awful. I think about Carter all day. And in the few minutes that I am working on a project and don’t think about Carter, I feel guilty. Even with his pictures on my desktop, screen saver and phone, I am scared I’ll forget what he looks like.

While I know this idea is ridiculous, I can’t help it. I feel like I am missing so much when I am at work. I am very lucky that I was able to take the max amount of maternity leave, a full 12 weeks (which is very sad in the US, but that is a rant for another day). I am also very lucky to have family watch Carter for the first month or so to get him used to not having me around. This is such an incredibly hard time for women emotionally. Not to mention the overwhelming feeling of returning to work after not using your brain for anything but baby in the last 12 weeks. I found this great article in Redbook Magazine that has tips on making the road to returning to work smoother.

LESSON LEARNED THE HARD WAY: Communicate to your other half what you think you will need help with in the morning while trying to feed baby, get ready for work, make lunch, and clean and pack all those breast pump parts.

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