Ten Things I Learned My First Week Back at Work

Katrina Carefoot, Mabel BlogHer correspondent, from Fickle Feline, is guest blogging for the next two weeks while Julie recovers from the birth of her 6th baby - welcome Finian Aloysius!


I survived my first week back at work. I’m not going to lie, the mornings came early, the days were long, and most nights I fell into bed not long after my kids. But I made it, and I learned some important lessons along the way.

Ten Things I Learned My First Week Back At Work:

1. Coffee tastes better when you don’t have someone pulling on your pantleg. So does lunch.

2. A 5:30am wakeup call always feels like the middle of the night, no matter how early you go to bed.

3. My kids will be okay if someone else takes them to doctor appointments and therapy sessions, but it still kills me that I can’t be there for everything.

4. My baby sleeps better when she spends the day at daycare - in fact, she sleeps through the night!

5. I like getting dressed up every morning (with a regular bra rather than a nursing bra) and putting on makeup.

6. It’s not such a bad thing to get a chance to miss your kids, it makes you appreciate your time with them.

7. Sometimes it seems like a good idea to just go to bed and not lay out clothes, prepare lunches, and set up coffee for the morning…but what takes five minutes at night seems to take a half hour in the morning.

8. Morning traffic isn’t so bad, except when you have a 9am meeting. Who schedules 9am meetings?? People without kids!

9. Most mornings, somebody’s going to poop right when you’re trying to get out the door. Note: It’s never me, and it may not be one of my children.

10. Blackberrys are highly addictive. I am not sure why I waited so long to get one.


As I prepare to head into week two of going back to work, I will admit that a) I’m already looking forward to my first statutory holiday and b) I’ve already scheduled some vacation time. I do like my job, I really like my boss, and I think I’m going to be okay. But check back in with me in a few weeks and make sure I’m still standing!

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Comment by Valerie Owings on June 2, 2009 at 9:44pm
In my dream life, I will never have to go back to work! Alas, it's inevitable. I work from home, and probably will for the next several years. Gosh, I hated having a regular, normal job. I'm sure you'll get back into the swing of things soon.
Comment by Julie Cole on May 18, 2009 at 10:30pm
I feel pretty lucky to have my own business and be able to have some balance. But, often the bills need to be paid and mama has to go out and bring in the moula (especially in the case of Kat and myself where we have children with autism and have to pay for very expensive therapy for them). I find that all of my working friends are there for their children to comfort and teach them, etc. Sure, they don't get to do all the playdates etc, but they are still mama and the kids come first.
Comment by Sue on May 17, 2009 at 9:56am
I am happy for you if you are happy.

For me I love:

Sleeping in a little later.

Going where I want when I am ready.

Working in my pajamas at times.

Being able to go to all the functions when I want to.

More calming family time.

Being there to see all their firsts, first teeth, first word, first step,....

Being there to comfort them and teach them.

Not having to buy expensive suits, shoes, work clothes, jewelry.

Not having to call in sick when they are sick or ask for days off when school is out.

Not having to pay for expensive care when I can do it better.

Feeling like I have the rest of my life to work, but they are only going to be at this stage a short time.

Good luck. I do love hearing the other side of things though.

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