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Dilligufdarling Thu 02-Mar-17 13:28:30

So I'm on day two of returning to work.
My lovely DD is at home with DH, she is 5 months tomorrow and he is a wonderful and very capable sahd.

But.... I just feel sick and nervous and anxious and absolutely horrible for being separated from her.
I can't concentrate at work and when I got home last night I didn't want to let her out of my sight, as if I could absorb her through my skin.
I normally co-sleep from around 5 am but last night it was all night just to maximise the closeness.

I have done this before with DS around 4 years ago and I don't remember feeling this way.

I've managed to hold it together just about and haven't given in to the raging torrent of tears that is threatening.... but I know it's there.

Has anyone else felt like this? Does it get better???? How long until I don't feel so awful.
She is totally not missing me at all smile and is her usual happy self.

Dilligufdarling Thu 02-Mar-17 14:26:30

Can anyone help with this?

welshweasel Thu 02-Mar-17 14:28:25

Oh bless you. I cried every day for a week when I went back to work when DS was 4 months old. I felt like a bit of me had been ripped out. I thought I'd made a terrible mistake. After a week I totally got over myself and loved being at work.

Whiterabbitears Thu 02-Mar-17 14:29:20

I have been there and its horrible. You do get more used to it especially when they get older but its never really left me, I still would rather be with my kids all day despite work and school getting in the way.

Dilligufdarling Thu 02-Mar-17 14:30:23

Thank you so much weasel.
I'd told myself that the first day would be the worst and then it would be fine... but I'm still not fine at all.
I just want to run to the station and whizz home to her.

I'm hanging on for the weekend at the moment.

NavyandWhite Thu 02-Mar-17 14:30:31

It's early days OP. I'm sure it will get easier with time. She's with her dad which is lovely too. brewcake

Dilligufdarling Thu 02-Mar-17 14:33:13

Yes, having DH look after her is a big help. He's being very patient with my phone calls (every hour!) and sending lots of photos.

It does feel exactly liken something's been ripped from me. My heart hurts.

Dilligufdarling Fri 03-Mar-17 17:44:47

I must say that it's been much easier today. I've booked a day off next week too to break it up a bit more smile

DH has been sending me loads of pictures.

The hardest thing was filing all of the emails and remembering what I'd been doing at the time and wishing I could rewind and redo the time. Not change anything, just relive it again.

sonjadog Fri 03-Mar-17 17:53:48

How about letting yourself have the cry you want to have? It might let the tension out and you might feel better afterwards. Sometimes bottling these things up can be the worst thing to do.

Dilligufdarling Fri 03-Mar-17 18:01:34

I think I will tonight sonja. (Possibly whilst snuggling DD!) I just needed to hold it together at work.
I work in a very male dominated antiquated and chauvinist industry where "hysterical" women are not respected or thought to be professional. "Hysterical" covers anything from a bit misty eyed onwards!
It's crap but sadly true.

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