You Know You’re Back from Maternity Leave When…

Yep, I’ve almost survived my first complete week back at work. It’s bittersweet. More bitter than sweet, but whatever. It’s good to get back into a routine, to see my students and coworkers, and contribute financially. I would definitely rather be at home with Kennedy and I miss her like crazy, but it is what it is.

Nevertheless…
You know you’re back from maternity leave when:
  • You keep hearing over and over, “Aww, do you miss your baby?” Nope, not at all, people. That’s why I had a baby – to never love or miss her. Grr.
  • You have to schedule your pumping times like it’s a science. Much harder than you think, especially with students in a classroom. Not like you can just take a 15-minute break when you want to.
  • Students almost walking in on you mid-pump. Whew.
  • Kids are complaining about how you left them.
  • Hearing “wow, you’re not pregnant anymore, Mrs. O!”
  • Your desk and classroom is a complete disaster and the OCD organized person in you just about has a heart attack.
  • You get emails from your principal regarding some of the things your sub did.
  • You are still playing clean up with grades, papers, and your disaster of a classroom.
  • You look at the clock every five seconds just to make sure an hour hasn’t passed.
  • 5:30 a.m. never seemed so early.
  • Text messages with pictures of your baby makes your day.
  • Getting to pick up this sweet, drooly girl and take her home is the highlight of your day.

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