The CANDDi Office Baby is nearly 6 months now, and I've got a couple of weeks maternity leave left. I've been here before, around 5 years ago when my little boy was a baby, but it doesn't get any easier...the mixture of emotions you feel is crazy and I'm sure it's going to be a tough few weeks (months?) before working full time is going to be normal.
Will I remember how to do my job? Will I still be any good at it? Will the baby be OK without me? Will my relationship with her be affected?
I know everything is going to be fine in the long run, and I wish I'd read Elizabeth Segran's write up on how Test Rocker's CEO Sonali Mathur came up with a plan on how to deal with all things baby, months ago. Definitely some words of wisdom.
For driven women who are committed to their careers, it is easy to believe they will be able to jump back into the workplace with no trouble at all after their baby is born or that they will somehow be the exception to the rule. But the truth is that there are a million unexpected pressures that pull new moms away from their job, even jobs that love. While Mathur says there is a lot that companies need to do to create more supportive family workplace policies, women can also proactively develop a plan of attack so they are not blindsided by the tough moments to come.