How to Keep your Balance and Sanity After Maternity Leave
A lot of people say they dread Monday morning. I’m not usually in that camp, but I will be next Monday. Next Monday!!! How is it here already? Where did those 12 weeks go? How can I leave her already? What if she doesn’t take her bottle? How on earth am I going to get out the door on time?
You see, next Monday, my second maternity leave ends and my life as a mom/parallelpreneur begins! My head is swirling, and my emotions threaten to come pouring out. The past 12 weeks were exhausting in the most glorious way. Lucky for me, adjusting to life as a Mom of two under two has been easier than being a first-time Mom, but that’s only because our second sleeps like a champ whereas her brother did not.
Now, as for next Monday, this is what I’m in for:
Tears, and lots of them.
A Stressful Sunday Night. I remember running around like a maniac at night because getting out of the house in the morning with little ones is no joke. I remember the stress of trying to prepare somewhat healthy meals, squeeze in some exercise, nurse an infant and sanitize bottles and pumps. Now add to the mix working on my new business and trying to make sure the world’s pickiest two year old eats something, and is in bed at a decent hour. Will I even have 5 minutes to sit and chat with my hubby or play with my son?
A physical and logistical challenge. Not only from running around Sunday night (see above) but honestly I don’t how many trips up and down the stairs it will take to get my toddler, my infant car seat, diaper bags, purse, laptop bag and breast pump into the car. Wait, am I forgetting something?
Exhaustion. Even with an 11-week old sleeping queen, I am tired. I know some people think maternity leave is nothing but snuggles and naps. What they don’t realize is that when you have two kids, it’s not so easy to sleep when the babies sleep. Not to mention, with my exciting new venture into entrepreneurship, my mind is going around the clock, so I’m pulling longer hours than usual. It’s exhilarating, but it is exhausting.
Anxiety. About leaving the two of them and feeling like I’m missing out. About telling my boss about my business. About having enough time. About being a good enough wife, mom, employee and entrepreneur.