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Old 01-05-2013, 07:17 PM   #11
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I am going back to work Friday after being home for 4 months also. (2 months bed rest and 2 months maternity leave). My little guy is 8 weeks old. I have him in full time day care, at the same place my 3 year old goes. I am starting a new job too, so big changes all around.

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Old 01-06-2013, 11:04 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone for the support. Moving closer to the office is not an option but Skyping during the day is a great idea. Believe it or not, a 9 hour work day is a shortened day for me and already contemplates no lunch break - I am a lawyer at a big firm so 12+ hours per day is the norm, I am cutting back by doing 9. I asked SIL to bring her to the office for lunch once or twice a month and she's up for that, which will give me a chance to see baby D awake once in a while. I am very lucky and grateful that a family member is going to take care of her and thankful to have a good job to help provide for my family and thankful for the very long (by American standards) maternity leave I was able to have. I think I'll buy a coupla lottery tickets tomorrow just in case I win and can retire
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:04 AM   #13
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I know the feeling mama. I used to feel like that when I had to return to work after 4.5 months of nursing my firstborn. I hated the feeling of being away from my babies so I chose to stay at home and work freelance.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:48 PM   #14
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I know how you feel. I was torn up when I first went back to work last month, but it's already getting easier. He adjusted his schedule where he takes more naps during the day, so he's up a little later in the evenings with me. My daycare provider sends me pics and text messages throughout the day, which helps so much. Hope things are working out for you!
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I know your SIL is watching her, which is wonderful you have family to do that but what about finding someone close to your office - that is if you get breaks. Then you could see her 2-3 times a day and even nurse! Plus, you will get the 2 hour car ride together
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:32 PM   #16
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My baby is 3 weeks old, and I have to go back to work when she's 8 weeks. I am dreading it as well. I have cried nearly every day since her birth. This is baby #5 for me, and she was a very big surprise- I had been told I couldn't have anymore, so when my (then) youngest was kindergarten age, I started teaching. I stayed at home with all 4 of my others. This pregnancy was such a surprise, and as it turns out, my husband is unemployed now, so I have to go back and finish the school year. I suppose I should be grateful that there's only 10 weeks left in the school year- but I keep thinking about what I'll be missing, and those firsts that will likely be seen by my mother in law instead of me. My heart is breaking.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:31 AM   #17
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I know it's so hard to go back. Is there any way you could do part time for the first month? I know it's a lot to ask your firm after being out 4.5 months but it would be easier on both of you to have some transition time.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:00 AM   #18
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I was an absolute mess coming back to work after both kids......I think the first week is the hardest!!!!
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:35 PM   #19
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Good luck
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:37 PM   #20
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I know sleep and babies is a sensitive issue, and how much you can work with their bedtimes/sleep schedules, really depends on each individual baby. My daughter is/was a decent sleeper, and I have been able to keep her up until 8:30/9 without a problem, which really maximizes our time together.

Hang in there, you definitely are not alone in your feelings!
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