I have previously published A Commuter’s Lament to express the pros and cons of taking public transportation to and from work.
I once mentioned HERE that we moved to a new work location which ultimately is more accessible and convenient for me. There’s no more need for me to take a bus.
The new office building is accessible by foot from the train station. It takes a nice 10-minute walk along a park.
This time, please permit me to invite you to literally walk a mile in my shoes. Be prepared to be inundated with pictures 😉
I have formed a habit of counting each step I take on the staircase to and from work. I walk up and down a massive 100 steps- one way!
It is a fair bit of a consolation that I take in the lovely view of this park in between each walks.
I was optimistic to lose some of the pregnancy weight in the initial weeks back at work. But unfortunately, it did not materialize. My mother spoiled me by preparing in between snacks and big meals for lunch.
I guess losing unwanted pounds will have to wait until she goes back to the Philippines. What a good excuse for bingeing. LOL!
I’m officially back to the workforce today. I had to be strong; hence it is imperative to implement basic mind control. It took a lot of will power and mind conditioning to be able to wipe out all uncertainties.
And why not? I have been on Parental Leave for nearly half a year.
After I gave birth, I have been the primary carer of my newborn. While it is true that I got massive help from my own mother, I made sure that my baby was primarily looked after by me. Time spent with my son was all too precious.
It’s understandable that I had a heavy heart going back to work. I did not just wake up and felt all too excited to go back to work. It was actually a mixture of conflicted emotions.
When I became a mother, I knew that there can never be a more challenging role than being a Mum. But like most Mums, I need to do what ought to be done. Going back to work is what’s best for our little family.
It hugely helped me that some friends remembered how this transition could be so important for me and our family. Ate J of Juliana’s Lair was thinking about me and remembered to send her goodluck wishes and some gentle nudge of support and encouragement.
A very good friend of mine here in Sydney also remembered to ask how’s my first day back to work.
My schedule had been hectic prior to today. I had to keep up with Doctors’ appointments, errands, and doing some paper works relating to my job. We merged into one big company and moved to a newer and bigger building, thus, the People and Culture Manager required me to sign some paper works.
I was reading carefully through each page. These are demanded of me at the work place:
I personally never believed that I have met all these qualifications as I am still a work in progress everyday. I have to thank my Manager though for putting his trust in me and for believing in my potentials.
One of the co-worker’s daughter gave me this as a welcome present:
I was only mostly getting my head around on my first day back to work. No stress.
As a matter of fact, I was still able to play with my son as soon as I arrived home, helped my Mum prepare dinner, fed my son, changed his nappy, took a shower, prepared our lunches for the next day, prepared my work clothes, and drafted this blogpost. It would be an entirely different story though when my Mum goes back to the Philippines but by then, we would have slowly adjusted to our daily new routines.
This transition to be a working mother is all about organization and creating a balance in our daily routines.
I shall update you with more of my progress later.