Mom to Amelie
Length of maternity leave: 6-months
What did you struggle with most about returning to work after having your kids?
A new routine. I was used to going to work any day of the week and doing my assessments and charter as i pleased. When I went back to work I had to fit pumping sessions ! It was very difficult initially because I would get admissions or patients needed immediate attention at the time I needed to pump.
What do you find difficult about being a working parent?
You just feel tired all the time. I work the night shift. It actually works with my schedule but on my days off my daughters wakes at 7am so I have to quickly flip my schedule and some weeks are harder than others.
What do you enjoy about being a working parent?
I enjoy that my daughter will be able to have the mentality that “you can do it too!” You can still be yourself within your career and have a little one. When I have tough days at work, I think about her. I do it all for her.
After being back at work for some time, have your views about career and family changed?
Yes. A lot of my coworkers had children and I never realized the sacrifice they went through. A lot nurses have kids and they never miss a beat when they get to work!
Knowing what you know now, what’s one thing you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself as you were preparing to return to work or getting ramped up in your role?
That it will all fall into place. Initially I was very emotional and felt guilty for going back to work. I also struggled with pumping I found it to be a chore. Eventually, pumping became the time I looked forward to at work. Really! It was relaxing and I would watch Netflix while I pumped!
What did you choose for childcare, and how has it been for your family?
Pros: I have two babysitters on the mornings I have to sleep before work. I am always in the bedroom sleeping so if they need anything I’m in the next room. It also made it easier for me to trust someone to care for my daughter.
Cons: Cost. Childcare is expensive!