It is without a lie that I have had the most life changing, magical, indescribable experience over the last 5 weeks. Nothing can compare.
I don’t know how else to explain it… No longer is it just Russ and myself, we have a huge responsibility that entered into our lives an hour before Christmas day and changed the way we view the world. We cannot explain the emotions and joy that is among us and are so ready to (and super excited) engage in parenthood.
But I wouldn’t be being honest with you if I didn’t say it hasn’t come without feelings of overwhelm.
It first hit me on my last day of work. I felt I needed to share this as it is a massive stage in a women’s career and making the decision to leave the workforce for a period of time is not as easy it sounds. Obviously you need to do what is best in your situation and in some cases the father is the one to take leave from work and I imaging he would be having the same feelings and anxieties. Deciding what is best to do would have been one of the hardest decision for us for finical reasons, career and doing what is best for our new family. As I am career minded and want to continue down that road, I don’t want to be cut off from the working world for an extended period of time, but I do want to have the time with my new baby and being a mother is now my number one priority.
So many uncertainties run through your mind… No matter how prepared, organised and willing you are I still find myself asking the same questions… How do you find that balance? How do you know what is right for you and your family? How do you manage on less income then you are used to? How can you transition back to full time work after having your mind focused on baby for so long?
I believe these questions are ones that you yourself need to learn from your experiences. You work through the insecurities with your partner, support network, family and friends. I am lucky to have quite a few friends who have been through this experience before, able to share their challenges and what has worked well for them. I am also lucky to live in such a connected world being able to be involved in so many online communities and groups to be able to help support and encourage you. One in particular that I have found really helpful is the Working Mums Collective Community – such a great resource to be able to tap into, ask questions (anonymous if your like) and get real answers from mothers who are going through the same situation as you or who have been there before.
I have found that without this leading up to my maternity leave and becoming a mum I would be feeling an even bigger overwhelm.
I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to mother this beautiful little person – I introduce to you my little baby, Fergus. He has become my world the instant I met him.
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AND a huge thank you for your patience and support – it is truly valued, I just love you being here!