{The Ordinary Moments} #27 - A Working Mum

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It's been a bit quiet in these parts this month which is a little unusual for me but I have had a lot on my plate and we have been very busy. We have reached the end of my maternity leave, and after thinking that I would stay home with Zach for a few more months I have been offered a new job! It is something I spotted when having a browse online to see what was available and it jumped straight out at me. I applied on a whim thinking that I wouldn't get it but that I would definitely give it a go, and that if I was offered it I would definitely accept. It is a role which is a massive step up for me, and I'm hoping that it will make a huge difference to my life in the years to come.

Whilst I am so excited to start my new job, I have been experiencing some really mixed emotions over the past few weeks. I'll only be working part time, however over the past 9 months I haven't spent much time apart from Zach so it will be a massive change. Thankfully we have been able to arrange childcare with family so for now he won't be in nursery, but it is something we have been thinking about. In the future we want him to be in nursery one day a week as we want him to be able to socialise with other children. I know it would do him the world of good and he would have so much fun but I am not ready to let go just yet. I can't bear to think about people I don't even know spending the day with my beautiful boy when it could be me. All I can think about is how he might get upset and I wouldn't be there to comfort him.

I'm also really scared about starting my job because it will be a massive change from working in retail. I will be working in an office environment which I am really looking forward to but it will be a whole new experience for me. So far though, everyone has been overwhelmingly helpful and kind, so I'm sure that after the first few weeks I will find my feet. I'm so lucky that my new job is really flexible, and I was able to choose my hours, days and start date, and in the future will be able to work from home. It really is a dream come true for me, and it couldn't be more perfect for balancing work and baby.

It's hit me that although I've spent the past nine months at home, there's still so much I want to do with Zach and I haven't been anywhere near as productive as I thought I would be. I hope that as I will still have 4 and a half days with Zach each week that we can start doing more classes and baby groups as well as go swimming more often. These are things I fully intended to do but we haven't really done which upsets me as I do worry that we don't do enough activities for Zach.

I am pleased though that I've kept writing here on my little corner of the internet. I've captured so many of our memories, made some great friends and kept my brain functioning. I think it helped me to secure my new job too, as it has given me a lot of online experience both with websites and social media. I am enjoying sharing our story and I still can't quite believe that anyone wants to read what I have to say! So thank you, because you've made my journey as a mother a million times easier. The support through the comments and tweets I receive really has made a difference, and I am so happy to be part of the blogging community!

Over the next few weeks my writing might be a bit sporadic whilst I get to grips with my new life as a working mum. I'm sure that once I'm settled into my new routine things will return to usual, my life will just be a bit more hectic than before! I have one week left of maternity leave and I intend to go wild! I have a trip to London planned which I am so excited for, and a lunch date with Ellie and Theo to look forward to. I hope you've all had a great week, thank you for stopping by! Please let me know in the comments any tips you have for balancing work and baby!


Linking up with Katie from Mummy Daddy Me for the Ordinary Moments.

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6 comments

  1. Ah congrats on the new job and good luck settling into life as a working mum. I remember so well going back to work after my maternity leave with Mads, I sobbed my heart out on the first morning. But I can promise you it gets easier, although I am sure people said that to me and I didn't believe it. In the end I quite liked a bit of time to be me and not mum. And I promise if he ever goes to nursery, I bet he will love it too. Mads didn't go to nursery till just before 3 as she was with family friends at first, but eventually we had to send her to nursery. Again I was so worried but it has been the best thing we ever did- so much so LL went at 12 months instead of going to family. They love it and have both been thriving because of it. Good luck to you all as you settle into your new routine, I am sure you will be absolutely fabulous! x

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    1. Thank you so much Katie! I'm so scared about it but I'm sure once I settle in it will be fine! Will definitely keep that in mind with regards to nursery - I think it's more me that will be affected than him haha! xx

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  2. Good luck with the new job, I'm sure you'll do great and you'll be settled in your new routine in no time. I dreaded the thought of going back to work but over a year later and it's fine - we have a routine, it works and we have a good balance. I look forward to hearing all about it x

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    1. Thank you so much! I think you're definitely right, it's about finding that balance! I have no idea how I'm going to fit everything in yet, but I'm sure I will find a new routine! xx

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  3. Congrats Chantal thats amazing and a massive well done! I imagine the adjustments will take some getting used to, but remember that so many women do it and so can you. They believe in you and think you have what it takes otherwise they wouldnt have offered you the position, so take the bull by the horns and get stuck in, you will be amazing x ALL THE BEST x

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    1. Thank you so much Mary! You are so right, it's not just me in this position but so so many other women! xx

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