The start of a new chapter

It was my first week back to work this week and I know I’ve said this many many times but it’s really come round so quickly. I’m not quite sure how the last 13 months have flown by and I’m always trying to recall what I actually did in them. Ok, I did look after a little human being and that’s pretty major, right? But what else did I do? I am definitely going to go back through my blog and read the last few months worth as I’m hazy in bits, especially the first 3 months or so after Baby E came along. I’m guessing that’s probably when he was feeding around the clock and I was having a pretty close affair with Netflix.

I have to confess, a few months back I had a huge panic about going back to work and I was really worried about how I would juggle work plus two little boys that need to go to two separate places each morning. Throw in a house and a job that can be a bit intense at times and I was sure I wouldn’t be able to manage it all. E was waking up a horrendous number of times through the night and I was always really really tired. Thankfully, the first week has gone well and between me, the Other Half, family, and breakfast club, we have managed to not forget to drop off or pick up either of our children. Yet. There is a tiny bit of tweaking to be done but we have survived, so far. I would love to say “this is all a doddle” in a few weeks time. Please tell me I will get to that stage.

As for work, it was absolutely tiring to use my brain for 8 hours a day, 3 days in a row and I felt a bit like a zombie by Friday night but it’s so good to go back and do a little something for myself. I think it’ll take a few more days to settle in but it’s amazing how it feels like I’ve never been away and simply taking back after a bit of a holiday. Not that it was a holiday, but you know what I mean! I’m loving the drives, but then I’ve always enjoyed those. And for an Autumn grump, I’m really enjoying the views and colours on my way. I venture into a pretty old sport of Lancashire and pass a very lovely windmill that’s hundreds of years old. There are many little houses and cottages that are just as old and somewhat rickety. And it’s nice to see them surrounded by the golden colours of this season.

So it is, a new chapter has started in our lives and we’re still trying to iron out when best to do Zs spellings and homework and have lots of quality play time in the week but I’m sure each week will get easier. For now, we have alarms and reminders bouncing about every day so that we don’t forget to pick our kids up!



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41 thoughts on “The start of a new chapter”

  1. I’m glad it went well for you. I’ve been off work for 15 months now and because we’ve moved I haven’t got a job to go back to. I’m sort of looking but a bit half-heartedly! Mostly because Gabe doesn’t sleep well at all and I don’t know how I’d cope with working on so little sleep! I can’t stay off work for ever though, for my own sanity as much as anything. Hopefully it will all work itself out soon enough.

  2. I have been looking forward to see how your first week went lovely – such a big change after returning from mat leave. It will take a few weeks to get back into the swing of it all but you will all be fine! First week all ticked off!! Well done! xxx

  3. I’m only in the first month of maternity leave and waiting on our arrival but wish i’d stayed at work a little longer now, I left early as Lucas was early, and i’m now nearly 2 weeks “late” compared to Lucas’ delivery at 36 weeks. I dread the day I have to go back to work. You’ve got this though mama!

  4. The first few months back at work are the hardest, but I really enjoyed returning and using my brain for other things – I also had a Netflix love affair! #TheOrdinaryMoments

  5. It sounds like you are enjoying being back Tas, good for you. It is nice to get a bit of time to yourself and use your brain. Looking after small people is amazing but it is relentless at times, I am sure the new routine will be great for you all. I still can’t believe that your baby boy is 12 months- where on earth does the time go? x

  6. Oh I’m so glad it went well. It doesn’t exactly become a doddle but you get a certain amount of muscle memory after a couple of weeks so you stop thinking about how to do it all and just do it. I’m glad there were so many lovely bits of your first week back, it definitely makes it all the easier 🙂
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  7. Eeeekkk this couldn’t be more relevant for me to have read tonight; I’m bank to work tomorrow from what I have dubbed ‘redundancy leave’. I have been off for 3 months since being made redundant in June; back to a new job tomorrow – it’s like the first day of school all over again! It’s great to read a positive experience tonight! #TheOrdinaryMoments x

  8. Hi Tas, I would love to tell you that it becomes a doddle, but I won’t. I will just say that it will soon be your new normal. But as the children grow things change and do become a little easier. It’s nice to hear that it’s not been as bad as you’d expected. Driving and seeing beautiful places must be a great help.

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  9. I can’t believe how quickly your maternity leave has went. I hope you have settled back in and it’s going well. It is so hard being in IT and leaving to go back, everything changes so fast in that industry. But you will be fine. xx

  10. I think you always dread something that is a big change, that’s only natural and you wonder how you’ll cope but when it comes round it is never quite as bad as it seems. I’m glad it has all gone ok and I can totally see how nice it must be to have that bit of time without the kids, especially as you enjoy your job, must be nice to get back to it. I’m sure as it goes on you’ll start to figure everything out with the new routine. You made it through the first week, can only get better from here!
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  11. So glad that your first week went well. I have all sorts of panics about what we will do when my maternity leave is over. That juggle terrifies me!! Thanks for limiting up with #TwinklyTuesday xx

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