Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Back to the Pump, I mean WORK

Well, today was my first day back in the office. (As opposed to working from home which I've been doing about 8-10 hours a week since 2 weeks postpartum...) I was dreading it and it was VERY hard leaving Piper this morning although it was a little easier because today I left her in the tender arms of my MIL and tomorrow I'll leave her with my mom. I'm also only working today and tomorrow and the same next week with a half day on Thursday too.

I only almost lost it once when the office manager came in to greet me and just asking how I was made me start to cry. But I had her update me on some office gossip/antics and I was myself again quickly. I've managed to dodge tears the rest of the day too. I've just been so busy with helping out with getting our enrollment numbers up and with all the well-wishers. Plus, I'm pumping 3 times a day now to keep up with Piper's milk needs while I'm at work.

But I have to say, it's been nice to be back in the fact that it's a comfortable place where I know what I'm doing and I know how to be productive and really good at what I do. Also, I can't believe the number of people who have stopped by, responded to an email, or called me to tell me how much they missed me while I was gone. Nothing like having your boss peek his head back in your office after he already walked out and warmly and kindly tell you how nice it is to have you back. I even got an email that told me how nice it was to see my name in their inbox. Now how often are you really happy to see someone's name in your inbox? Ha ha! Plus it's the start of a new term and we have some new GAs and along with the returning GAs, who I really like, and it just feels kind of fresh and lively. Not such a bad place to come if you have to work.

So while it's not being with my kids, it is very helpful and it's nice knowing I have Friday/Monday to look forward to being home again. I don't know HOW I did this 4 1/2 years ago when I was leaving my first baby in daycare and starting a new job. (Thank you Bracken!) The stress of starting back to something I know well and with daycare I trust is hard enough. I was much younger (ha!) and naive then.

Almost time to leave!


BJ said...

Pumping!!! YIKES now that is a reason to be sad to be back at work:>:> I don't miss those days at all. I am not surprised that everyone is excited for you to be back in the office. You are a rock there and you know it!! Your dedication and work ethic always made it easy to work with you. I do miss those days!

Viv said...

Ya know I was just wondering when you were supposed to go back to work... the time really flies doesn't it? But it's great that you have such a good work environment to return to PLUS a great daycare! You have 2 golden tickets!

Mama said...

Thinking about you!