Sunday, 15 February 2015

#FullTimeWorkingMama

Well today is a strange day. Today marks the last day of my maternity leave. I meant to do a whole series of blog posts in the run up to today, all about returning to work and childcare. Alas, I have been so wrapped up in just enjoying my last few weeks of maternity leave, that it just hasn't materialised yet. I promise it will though. Better late than never huh?

So...I'll give you a bit of a background into my working life. I used to work for a major high street retailer at their head office in Central London as an International Assistant Merchandiser on Childrenswear. Which, simply put, means I used to plan stock packages and manage intake on my Childrenswear departments for all our International Stores. I loved my job! I loved the people I worked with, the departments I managed and the office I worked in. However, 3 weeks before I had Isla, I had to move down to the South Coast as my husband is in the Royal Navy and is now based here for the foreseeable future.

I started job hunting after Christmas and got offered the job, that I am starting tomorrow, a few weeks ago. It's a great job which I'm really excited about, in a new industry, which will hopefully be great for my career. It's also very well known company which I am really happy to be joining.

Despite all of this, it will still be a shock to the system going back to work full time.

I never planned not to go back to work. I love Isla to bits but always knew I wouldn't be suited to being a stay at home mum. I have the utmost respect for people who are stay at home parents. In the future, it would be great to have the option of flexi time but for now I'm happy with full time and looking forward to this new challenge in my career.

It is going to be interesting to try and get myself and a 10 month old baby out the door by 7.30am each day. I struggled when it was just myself!

So goodbye baby groups, weekday coffee dates and catching up with blogging whilst Isla is sleeping. And hello getting super organised the night before, making the most of every evening and getting the most out of every weekend going forward. 

Look out for new What I Wore Wednesday: The Work Edition, coming soon!

Wish me luck!!! I will be vlogging and blogging my way through it and look forward to sharing it with you all.

How did you find going back to work or choosing not to go back to work, when your maternity leave was up?

I'll leave you with this little video I made for Isla to mark the last 10 months we've spent together...


5 comments :

  1. Good luck sweetie. Working full time, being mum and blogging is hard work but the key is just to be organised! I hope you had a great first day yesterday and that you ease back into it fine. I had few days in the first couple of months where I cried my way to work after dropping Sprog off but once you get into a routine it becomes much easier!

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    1. It's all about the organisation isn't it!! Definitely realised that now! I get all our outfits ready the night before haha. I've now survived a week so here's hoping it carries on being ok :) Thanks so much for commenting, it's always helpful to share our experiences with each other xx

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  2. I went back to work part time when indiana was 8 months old. It was hard but I quite liked having some me time and a gossip with the girls at work. It really helps that she absolutely loves nursery and spending time with both of our mums! It definitely makes you appreciate the time off you do have too :). Hope it's going well! Xx

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    1. It is nice to have more adult company and to be known for being me and my job rather than just as 'Isla's mum' haha. Aww that's lovely Indiana gets to see both your mums as well. I wish my mum was closer...Isla is in nursery full time, poor child! xxxx

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  3. I also work full time and have found that the level of organisation required just to get out of the door is immense!
    I don't find much time to blog, but I didn't start whilst I was on maternity leave so it's been difficult to gain momentum. Your site is great, I'm sure you'll be able to stick to the schedule! All the best in your new role!
    Bx

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