My working day - returning from maternity leave
It’s quite an emotional journey to spend nine months growing a tiny human inside you, spending a further four months with them 24/7, and then having to leave them for nine hours a day. But even though I miss my daughter, it has been great to be back at work and getting back into the swing of all things not related to bottles and diapers.
Excitement (and guilt)
A lot has changed at Amazee Labs since my daughter was born. Needless to say, this made my first two weeks back at work very exciting. Our marketing team has been restructured and we now have a dedicated Global Marketing Team across our three hubs.
At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect from going back to work. Was I going to be able to pick things up where I left off last year? How would I make my presence felt in our new team structure and prove my usefulness? Was I even going to remember the alarm code for our office for that matter? These are the type of things you think about in the early hours of the morning.
One thing I do know is that a big part of me was excited to get back to work at Amazee, which in turn, made me feel a bit guilty of parting with my daughter in the mornings. But that’s part of the journey, I guess. All of these new developments, coupled with a mix of emotions will definitely make being back in the saddle very interesting indeed.
Doing a dry run and juggling schedules
A wonderful aspect of working for Amazee Labs is our ability to work flexi hours, which helps a lot in our personal lives. But even with this, finding a balance between work and home life has taken on a whole new dimension for my husband and I.
Even though we try to plan everything to the T, nothing could’ve prepared us for the challenge of keeping so many balls in the air at once. Don’t get me wrong - it’s a very rewarding challenge, but we soon realised that if you have A-type personalities like we do, you’ll have to let go of a lot of things in order to keep sane. So, we decided to get a headstart (if there is such a thing for first-time parents).
As the end of my maternity leave started approaching, we began to live out our new schedule in preparation for my first day back at work. At first, my husband and I took our daughter to her day mother on certain days, for only a few hours, as that’s all my heart could take. Then eventually she stayed for the full days. That made the world of difference and helped us to adapt to a new routine and find our feet as working parents.
Small victories make the world go round
Choosing your battles and celebrating small victories like getting the washing done, eating a healthy meal, or even putting on makeup is what brightens up our days now. We have learnt to appreciate each other and the little things even more - especially when you are awake and have time to think and reminisce at 2 am.
Since being back at work, I’ve also come to realise that as parents we have to surrender to the moment and make a concerted effort to be 100% present, both at home and at work. It is proving to be very daunting on most days, but this is one challenge I gladly accept.