Thoughts on returning to work after maternity leave

Hello huns

When you are reading this I will have returned back to work after nearly 5 months off of maternity leave. A lot of people have been asking me how I’m feeling on returning to work after this length of time off… well grab a brew because I’m about to explore this with you all.

I have a lot of thoughts circling my mind really. A small part of my mind is nervous and a bit scared as it’s a long time to be off from anywhere, especially as I hadn’t been there that long in the first place. I love the team I work with but I know that so much has changed since I’ve been off so it will be all completely different. The larger part of my thought process is happy and excited that I’m returning back to work as I enjoy what I do and I enjoy been busy. I know the people I work with are excited I’m returning to work and to them 5 months doesn’t seem that long at all. I’m also super happy that I will finally be getting paid again!

Then my mum mind kicks in. Am I being selfish wanting to go back to work and been excited to return? I’m returning to work to earn money to support my family and to set an example to my little girl about having a career. I love spending time with my child but sometimes you can go a bit insane when you haven’t spoken to anyone that’s an adult from 7am until 10pm and your child is having a day when crying is her favourite thing to do. I work with children but when they are not yours it’s easier to hand them over to their parents.


The mum mind is eased by the fact by my partner A is taking shared parental leave which basically means A is going to be on paternity leave for 2 months with Pip. He thinks this means Xbox time but I have other ideas. I might even wrote a blog post/make a youtube video about shared parental leave.. what do you think? It was a bit confusing to us!

I’m also a little bit excited because going back to work obviously means I had to buy loads of new stationary… ahhh yesss!


So next week is getting nearer and I’ll have to strike up a work/home/blog balance. Have you got any tips to share?

Kate xx

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I'm Kate, a 25 year old going on 40 Northerner and a new mum to baby Pip. I also love taking pictures of my food, singing along to musicals and my dog Ruben. I'm venturing into the unknown world of blogging, so please be kind.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on returning to work after maternity leave

  1. All the best with returning to work Kate! Yay for new stationery, that’s the best reason to go back in my opinion he he! πŸ˜„ I think shared parental leave is a great idea and gives Dad time alone to bond with baby too. The photo of you & Pip at the end is super cute! 😍 xx

    Bexa |


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