Monday, September 29, 2008

Going back to work

One of the most difficult experiences for me was returning to work after my maternity leave. When I was pregnant, I thought I'd have my baby, take my time off, and then be raring to go back to the real world of work. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
Around the fourth week of my twelve-week leave, I started dreading my return to work. The night before returning I cried, barely slept, and cried again the next day. Returning to work stirs up so many emotions. Some mothers feel like failures because they can't be home to raise their children. All kinds of feelings, unlike any ever experienced, suddenly rush in and overwhelm. It's a very trying time.