It’s been almost a month since going back to work after maternity leave, and things are slowly settling in. The first two weeks were overwhelming (which explains why things have been slow on the blog front). The third week went more smoothly and this week our house got hit with the cold bug going around.
When people asked me if I was excited about going back to work, my first reaction was ‘No’. My second reaction, and actual response was ‘Yes and No’. It’s a bittersweet time as other working Moms out there will concur. So to rev myself up, I started focusing on the positives of resuming my career. The twins would get a chance to learn lots in their new daycare environment. I would get a chance to be on my own ALL DAY without any kids or diaper bags. I could use the computer and the phone without having anybody try and grab the mouse or handset. Could meet friends for lunch without worrying about who will look after the kids. Could even go for a walk or run errands.., and the list goes on.
I quickly learned that things weren’t panning out as I’d hoped. On my second day I had back-to-back meetings and tons to learn as a lot has changed in almost 2 years. During lunch I’d have impromptu meetings with management since this was the only time they had to discuss issues. Although it’s easy to admit now, I felt very anxious that I didn’t know anything and wouldn’t be able to get a handle on all the different projects and acronynms being thrown at me. On the plus side, it was nice to go back to the same job. It was comforting to already know how to get there and where everything is. Although many of the faces have changed, I quickly felt like part of the team.
By the third week I was getting a handle on things and quickly realizing that not everything was a high priority, and that I don’t need to attend every meeting I’m invited to. Especially when there are four different meetings in one week on the same project with the same people discussing different facets of the same deliverables. Multiple by that by about 4 major projects on the go and that’s a lot of meetings.
My replacement overlapped with me for a few weeks, and was a huge help in helping me get re-adjusted. Today was his last day, and starting next week I’ll be on my own. Yikes!