This week was my first week back to work after being gone on a year-long maternity leave. While my leave was absolutely fantastic, I actually found it quite easy to get back into the groove of working. Of course I am exhausted by the end of the day, and I am so ready to be at home with my little boy and my husband, but it's been a lot of fun chatting with all of the ladies in the break room again.
My back-to-work shirt.
My first day back, I thought that I was going to cry when I dropped my son off in the baby room, and my heart was trying to leap out of my chest on the drive to work because I was so anxious about going back. I thought it would be really hard on me to not be around my little boy all day, but -- I'm going to confess -- I kind of forgot about him until my lunch break because I was trying to get to know all of the kids that have joined the room since I left -- of course the kids that I knew already were very excited to see me :)
My little Easter basket.
One of the highlights of going back to work, for me, is being able to make fun crafts, and do awesome projects with the kids. My partner has made a few changes, and we're trying to do a lot of projects with more nature oriented themes, as well as some really fun science experiments.
My rainbow Easter egg that I am really proud of :)
I was lucky enough to come back to work the week before Easter, so I got to decorate Easter eggs with the kids -- and I made one myself. We also had an Easter Egg Hunt yesterday with the kids. It was really exciting. I took them all outside to find the Easter Bunny, and then my partner came running outside shouting: "Come quick! He's inside!" They all ran into the room and sat in the Circle Time Area while my partner showed them the evidence that the Easter Bunny had been in the room -- carrots and cotton balls -- and told them that he hid a bunch of eggs around the room for them. They had a lot of fun collecting all of the goodies.
Despite my anxieties about going back to work, and wondering what my son would be like not being with me all day, I think I have transitioned back into the working world quite well.