…it may be more than just the separation from your beautiful babe that needs rethinking. Are you happy at your job?

Today is my first official day back to the office.  What an amazing 3 months of maternity leave this has been.  I envy the women in Canada and Europe who have more time after birth, but so grateful to get these several months with our little one.

It’s been hard to return to work, but also important on many levels.  Even though we are missing each other today, a part of me feels so fortunate that I live a life where I can spend time with my baby but also spend time engaged in important, productive work with colleagues.  More and more I see how important balance is in our lives, taking care of others as well as ourselves.

If you’ve struggled going back to work,  it may be more than just the separation from your beautiful babe that needs rethinking. Are you happy at your job?  Is your work rewarding?  I truly believe the answer to these questions is more important than whether or not you should stay at home.  It’s really hard, especially after having a family, to think about taking the risk to find something you truly enjoy…but it might be worth it.

In my life, I’ve found that the most rewarding part of a job is liking and bonding with the people around you.  When you work with wonderful people, you can enjoy almost anything.  And there really are wonderful places to work, non-profits, academic institutions, small stores.

And if you’re worried about the baby, try installing a camera in the house.  They’re not expensive and very easy to set up if you have a router in the home.  I purchased the DLink 933L while pregnant, and just set it up this week.  I can access it remotely from anywhere, my work computer, my phone, and the live stream is completely free.  It’s just another piece of mind to see your baby’s cute little face while you’re gone–and make sure she isn’t crying!

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