I know every mother must think ‘where in the world did my maternity leave go?!’ Well my countdown has officially ended. I was even fortunate enough to go back a month after my year as I was able to take my vacation at the end of my maternity leave. I have dreaded this day since my daughter turned one as I knew that going back to work was approaching faster than I wanted. Who wants to go back to work after being with your child 24/7?
I had a three day gradual entry for my daughter into daycare last week, and oh my was it hard to let her go. She looked like such a big girl, but she appeared to have so much fun and for any parent that is the most important thing…of course the child care facility and staff were also on the top of the list. The first day she had to go for two hours. It was basically for breakfast and outdoor time, the next day was for four hours, of which we stayed for breakfast and then the mum’s were sent into a room outside of their class for a few hours. That was the toughest for me and we were called up right in-between their lunch time to pick them up after they had eaten. I felt like I was being robbed of her presence, but knew it was something that was inevitable and had to be done. The third day was for 6 hours, which took them up to nap time, to ensure the child was able to sleep in a different environment, this time we were able to go home and then were told to come back to get them after nap time. That day was easier because I wasn’t just sitting = in the facility just thinking what must she be doing – but rather was able to tie up loose ends at home and was able to keep myself occupied until it was time to go and get my baby girl. To go and get her felt so good as I knew that it was my last week to really enjoy her before going back to work full time. When I went to go and get her she looked like she was having so much fun with the other children that it almost didn’t phase her that I wasn’t there..but of course when I called her name when I walked in, she cried – as though she was SO relieved that I was back to pick her up.