Sep 05 2014

First Day “Back” at Work

Published by at 11:15 pm under Daniel Aaron,Go Frogs,Working Moms

Maternity leave is over. <sad trombone> Today I started back to work (yes, on a Friday), after 12 wonderful (paid!) weeks getting to know the new addition to our family. And while I still didn’t feel fully ready to go back to work – what Mommy does, really? – I wasn’t quite as distraught this time as I was with Sam. Why? No, not because Daniel’s my second baby and I’m a hardened Mommy. It’s because my going back to work meant walking upstairs to my home office.

Remember step 1 here? Yep, I get to work from home full time, and for now, that means that Daniel gets to stay home with me. Sam still goes to school for several reasons: 1 – he loves his school, 2 – it’s actual pre-K now, so he’s really getting ready for Kinder next year, and 3 – have you ever tried to work with a 4-year-old around? It’s next to impossible. Currently, the plan is to keep Daniel home with us for the first year, as long as it’s working for everyone.

We started off the morning with a happy back-to-work selfie.

Good Morning!

Good Morning!

We also had some play mat time.

Cooing at jungle friends

Cooing at jungle friends

There was some eating involved (not pictured – duh).

There was also nap time.

Sleepy time

Sleepy time

There was a nice selection of reading material (though none of it got read today)

Mickey's Sports, That's Not My Truck, and The Very Quiet Cricket

Mickey’s Sports, The Very Quiet Cricket, and That’s Not My Truck

Really, a Friday was an ideal way to start back to work. I spent the majority of the day sifting through three months’ worth of emails and filing things away. My team members were both off today, and, in general, the department is pretty quiet on Friday afternoons. While I still feel like I need some time to reacquaint myself with my job, and a quick look at our team Trello board assures me there is PLENTY for me to do (woo-hoo job security), at least I won’t be buried under thousands of unread emails on Monday. I’m sure there will be an interesting learning curve to the work-at-home-with-a-kiddo-actually-at-home-Mom thing (remember, when I first transitioned to full-time WAHM status, Sam stayed in school), but thankfully I think my newest little guy is going to be a patient trainer. :)

Oh, and in case you were just DYING to know what my office setup is, here you go.

It could also be considered a TCU shrine.

It could also be considered a TCU shrine.

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