I’m about to return to work after an extended period of maternity leave and am incredibly anxious about it. Will it get better? It’s our last baby and it’s almost the end of an era. I’m feeling so sad about it and would welcome some encouraging words as it is all encompassing at the moment!
I took 9 months off the first time and going back was fine and I settled back in quite quickly. I took 15 months off the second time which was much harder. So hard that I've only gone back very part time. I want to keep my toe dipped in and keep my skills going but simply put it want to do the SAHM thing too and be at home more when they're little. I think because like you it's different the second time (for some people).
My best advice is to get yourself organised and once you're into the swing of things it will be fine.
Thanks for your encouraging words. I feel scared that I’ll have forgotten everything, lost respect from others and let my three children down by being at work. I’d just love for everything to balance out eventually.