Hi friends! Happy Tuesday!
Today will be my second day back at my nursing job. So far, so good. My co-workers are incredibly supportive as I navigate finding balance in this new working momma life, including figuring out how to fit pumping into busy shifts!
As best as we could, Drew + I eased ourselves into this transition.
-Max had a practice day at daycare this past Thursday. I saw my friend Ciara did this + I thought it was a great idea. Max took 3 bottles from them (we were a bit worried because he had recently become a stubborn bottle taker, much preferring mommy’s goods) + they reported he did awesome. This makes me feel a TON better about him going today. Very thankful we did that! It also helped me to get all the tears out this day instead of my first day back to work.
-For my first day back yesterday, Drew was also home with Max (Drew arrived home late Sunday from a guys trip + taken Monday off). This meant he could send me pictures as I was away from Max for the longest period of time to date. Drew woke up with me + we had breakfast + coffee together. It was an excellent start to the day. Drew also sent me a ton of encouragement during the day. Max took bottles like a champ for Drew, so we’re hopeful that bottle rejection phase is behind us. The day went really well knowing that Drew was home + hearing Max updates all day.
-Two weeks before I returned to work, I was full of tears + worry. I knew I had to start mentally preparing for the transition back to work. I chose to start positioning positive thoughts in my mind. I started focusing on the benefits of going back to work. Thinking: Amy, you worked SO hard to become a nurse. Maxwell will be in incredible hands. You are helping provide for your family, bringing in important benefits including a valuable retirement contribution. Praise God we are in the position where you can work part-time. In moments of doubt I would repeat the positive affirmations. I’m telling you: it worked! I started to see the transition in a very positive light. Of course it was still hard, but not nearly as hard as it would’ve been if I had continued to focus on the negative.
Recently, Drew + I were discussing my nursing job. We are thankful for the flexibility that nursing provides. As I alluded to above I’m working 28 hours per week to start + may go down to 24. This means that I’ll be able to be home with Maxwell 2 or 3 weekdays/week. I will be working every other weekend, giving Drew + Max a lot of bonding time.
That conversation brought us back to when we decided it would be the best for me to go back to school. To give you glimpse the backstory: I moved from Chicago to Madison to be closer to Drew + my family. We fell in love very quickly + knew that we wanted to be together for the long haul. I LOVED my personal training job in Chicago, but a few months into my Madison personal training job…I just knew it wasn’t the right fit. I could start looking for other jobs, but I asked myself the question: “where do I see myself in 10 years?” Truly I knew that I wanted to be having babies and have the ability to work part-time. Our wheels started turning + I started researching other careers. I knew my favorite thing about my personal training job was supporting, encouraging, + building relationships with my clients. It seemed like nursing provided the same opportunities. I reached out to a ton of friends in the field + made the decision to go back to school for nursing!
Praise God for leading me in that direction. My life’s work is to take care of people + be with them through a challenging time. I try my best to bring light to their day + yours 😉