Back to Work

Yesterday was my first day back after almost 14 months of maternity leave. Like a good return to work worker we were all in bed at a fairly reasonable time the night before (well, ok not really. But the intention was there!).

As luck would have it Baby Z decided it would be an opportune night to wake up at 4am to have a good play. Attempts to put him back to sleep failed miserably and by 6.15am we were all up, dressed and slightly giddy from the lack of sleep. As a result I bounded into an empty office at 8am and the rest of the day went something like this.

– Drinking countless cups of tea and then making countless trips to the loo.

– Trying very hard to remember people’s names.
[Thinks] I’m sure he’s called Gary. Gary. Definitely Gary…
… “Oh hello! Sorry, of course I meant to say Simon”
[Think]Shit. I could have sworn he was called Gary.

– Looking at self, impressed I have no baby sick, wee, food on clothes

– Thinking Gawd, I need a nap

– Resisting the strong urge to talk about Waybuloo/Dave Lamb-gate.

– Wondering what baby is up to

– Ringing mum to find out.

– Counting the number of times someone says “balls of steel” in different meetings.

– Wondering what’s happening in the Gilmore Girls

– Wondering how the hell I’m going to last another hour

– More tea

– Catching up with friends

– Looking a bit surprised at man who asked if I’ve had the baby.

– Driving to mums to pick up baby with visions of a joyful reunion where mummy gets showered with hugs and kisses from a happy baby.

– Greeted by a happy baby who points at me, smiles and crawls off! Huh.


  1. Frankee B January 13, 2012 / 6:12 pm

    LOL Bless him and you both! Sounds like he has a better day than you. How’d you feel being back?

    • Notmyyearoff January 14, 2012 / 8:53 am

      Love being back but if i could take baby with me it’d be perfect! 🙂

  2. Mistress Mummy January 13, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    Haha! I think I’d have punched the person who asked if you’d had the baby! Not noticed you’d gone for 14 months?!

    Sounds like a productive day!

    • Notmyyearoff January 14, 2012 / 8:54 am

      I think he didn’t know how to start his opening sentence (I hope!!)….. Although “hello” would have been just fine I reckon!!

  3. LagosMum January 13, 2012 / 8:27 pm

    🙂 Sounds like it won’t take you too long to settle back into work! I’d have called my mum about 10 times, though – so well done!
    I can’t believe someone actually asked if you’d had the baby yet. What a tw*t!

    • Notmyyearoff January 14, 2012 / 8:55 am

      Haha!! I couldn’t believe it!

  4. @mummydaddyme January 13, 2012 / 9:25 pm

    I hope it went ok hun- sounds like it wasn’t too bad. I think the worst thing about it all is the dread of going back, once you have done it and realised its ok it is actually not that bad- I quite enjoy it! x

    • Notmyyearoff January 14, 2012 / 8:56 am

      It was so good talking to people and seeing old friends. Just need to get my early starts sorted!

    • Notmyyearoff January 14, 2012 / 8:56 am

      Thank you hun xx

  5. Jenny paulin January 13, 2012 / 11:10 pm

    Awww lovely back to work post 🙂 glad to see you managed to get lots of tea drinking in! I get the best part of the day was going home to your boy xx

    • Notmyyearoff January 14, 2012 / 8:58 am

      Oh it was, the working from home day, the day after, was really good too!

  6. Erica Price January 14, 2012 / 6:56 am

    Well done. Bet you’re glad to have got through your first day. Glad your boy had a good day too.

    • Notmyyearoff January 14, 2012 / 8:57 am

      I am, and now for a long weekend!

  7. Kerry Davies (@thelovebump) January 14, 2012 / 2:03 pm

    Aaah, love the timeline! So nice that baba was pleased to see you too 🙂 LMAO @ Simon. Poor Simon 😛 xxxxxx

  8. Actually Mummy... January 14, 2012 / 3:31 pm

    Nice choice of day to go back – just one day in the office and then back home! Good planning 🙂

  9. averagemummysaz January 14, 2012 / 6:46 pm

    Lol, I think you did good! I’m still really bad at names, call everyone ‘hun’ or ‘mate’ much easier! X

  10. Melksham Mum January 15, 2012 / 8:11 am

    I would have thumped the guy who asked if you’d had the baby? What a tool! I wish I could be involved in balls of steel meetings, and I too need to re train my bladder / tea intake before getting back to work! Hope it all goes well x

  11. Mum2BabyInsomniac January 15, 2012 / 9:55 am

    Ahhh it sounds like it went okay?!….lol at the Waybuloo thing. I couldn’t believe that they put Dave Lamb over the top – I was actually going to complain myself! Thanks god they took it off again. And the guy that asked if you’d had the baby?! What a weirdo! x

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  13. susankmann January 16, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    Its so hard to go back after having a baby, I used to sit in the toilets and break my heart but it does get better. You will always miss the little one. I love Gilmore girls too btw. x

  14. mumofalltrades1 August 24, 2012 / 9:17 pm

    The first day is always the hardest. But it is good to get back and get some adult time I think. Fingers crossed the baby sleeps a little later in future.

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