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Prelude: The Return to Work

Prelude: The Return to Work

The countdown is officially on…hold on, who am I kidding? The countdown has been on since he arrived. The second question I was asked when he was born after, ‘is he a good baby?‘ was always, ‘When are you going back to work?‘.

I return to work this week. On Thursday to be precise. It’s not simply a case of me returning to my old job in my previous place of work though. I’m not even returning to a place I’ve worked before. Possibly, I won’t be returning to the same job. Yes, I will still have the same job title and work for the same company but so much will have changed over the past fifteen months. As if the return to work after maternity leave wasn’t hard enough.

My employer is a family friendly business and so I have been lucky to have been relocated to an office which is closer to home. Even luckier for me, my mother in law will be looking after the baby when I return meaning our ability to save the last few thousand pounds needed to purchase our new home won’t be compromised.

It’s going to be a huge shift in routine for me and for Dexter. To be honest, I’m more worried about Dexter. I’ve had experience in getting up at 5.30am to do the long commute to work and not getting home til gone 7pm, but he has not. His current routine involves him getting up at 7am, lesisurely eating breakfast at 8am and going down for his first nap by 9am. His new routine will consist of him getting up at 6am, having a very quick breakfast before 7am and getting to his nanna’s house by 7.30. From there on, I have no idea what his day will look like. New lessons will need to be learnt. Life as he knows it will change forever.

My thoughts on my imminent return to work after maternity. The worries, the fear and the excitement. How will my baby cope, will I cope?!

I wrote before about how anxious I am about returning to work. Somehow those butterflies in my stomach have changed. I recently visited the town I will be working in and had a peek in the office that I’ll be running. It’s almost as if I’ve come full circle. The town is very similar to the town I started out in ten years ago; with the added bonus of lots of shops and cafes. The office is small and intimate and the people seem friendly. The butterflies have calmed themselves and I’ve almost felt a few pangs of excitement.

Returning to work after over a year off is hard, harder still is returning to a brand new environment; meeting new people and gaining their trust. But it is going to be worth it. For me, and for my family. I hope to be able to tell you in six months time that we have purchased our dream home. I hope to be able to tell you that we have booked another holiday. Most importantly, I hope to be able to tell you that I am enjoying work and I’m having a whale of a time.

Because what’s the point of working, if you don’t enjoy it at all. Right?

Interested to know how I got on? Find out how the first year back in work after maternity leave went here.


  1. 2nd May 2017 / 8:50 am

    It will be a change to the system but the best thing about babies is that they adapt. When he looks back on his childhood he won’t remember his routine suddenly changing, he’ll remember the lovely home you’re going to have, the nice memories of time together away and the great example you’re setting of him of showing that you have to work hard to earn things in life. You are going to smash this Nic, it might not feel like it every day but it’s a brand new adventure for you and I bet you’ll thrive on having a bit of ‘old you’ back. Dex is a lucky boy to have such role models x

  2. Rebecca W
    2nd May 2017 / 2:31 pm

    I feel you. I return to work on 3rd July and it’s flying by. I’m finding I spend a lot of time at the moment thinking about going back to work. I’m lucky I’m going back part time but like you I worry about the change to Izzy’s routine. Good luck to you, I hope it all goes well and that you do manage to buy your dream house. It’ll all be worth it in the end I’m sure xxx

  3. 2nd May 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Sending much love to you for a successful and calm first day for both of you. I was so worried about going back, but am really enjoying it, in fact I think it’s made me a better mummy too. I am certainly more patient when I’m at home. I think the little man enjoys my company more now he isn’t surrounded by me the who.e day too. Thanks so much for linking this up to #PostsFromTheHeart

  4. 3rd May 2017 / 7:51 pm

    You’re very lucky to have family willing to help out with childcare! Hope you reach your goal of purchasing your dream home very soon! #HumpDayLinky

  5. 7th May 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I’ve been back at work for four months and although it is hard, it is the best thing for both Ben and for me.
    I get to be myself and help my PND but getting time to focus my mind and Ben gets to spend more time with family and get spoilt rotten!
    I cannot wait to hear about how you’ve been getting on! #PostsFromTheHeart

  6. 9th May 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Going back to work is so hard I am absolutely dreading it this time around. Hope your first week went ok! #HumpDayLinky

  7. Topfivemum
    10th May 2017 / 9:22 pm

    It’s not easy returning to work, never mind to a totally new environment. Last time I went back super excited as I was already pregnant so knew it was only for 6 months, I took on an exciting new role and was up to the challenge. This time around, it’s final. I’m going back to a dull role, Anne line manager, and after a restructure. Urgh! I just keep thinking it’ll get easier once I’m up to speed and the days fly by quickly so I don’t have too much time to miss them. Good luck and hopefully your new home is in sight. We are moving (fingers crossed) in 3 weeks. Can’t wait for us to have our own bedroom after sharing with our baby this past year! Focus on the long term. You’re doing what you feel is right by you and your family and that’s all that matters. The little man will love time with grandma! I so wish our mums were still around to be part of our children’s lives so this is a true gift. Xx

  8. 27th October 2017 / 9:32 am

    When I returned to work, I didn’t even consider the impact it would have on BOTH of us ? Very naive I know! I feel a year on we are finally settled in ? Xx

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