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I went back to work 3 days a week when my second was 10 months and that took while to get myself into a good routine. Is it possible to start off 3 or 4 days for a month or so just to ease your way into it.
Best advice is to be organised and do as much prep the night before for the next day, also cook dinners that can cover more than one night eg food that freezes well or roast chicken one night then wraps the night after with left over meat.
With regard to feeling guilty, I think all mums feel guilty over different things. You made a choice to go back to work full time so own that decision and screw anyone that tries to make you feel bad about it. There is nothing wrong with returning to full time work to provide for your family
Yep. I’ve got three kids. Went back to work full time when each turned 5months, I worked until each was born with permission from my dr. I did have a week off before one arrived. My kids have all been in FT care from a young age. I’ve always found the first year in care they seem to pick up lots of illnesses and things but they either go through that terrible patch then, or when they start kinder/school. I would have loved to have stayed at home longer but for financial reasons, and my sanity with baby 1 (PND), it was a matter of necessity that I returned to work. They are all very well adjusted and loving life. Not for everyone but worked for me.
I am particularly organised.
Friday night I work out what we’re eating the following week. I order the stuff online. Woolies delivers it Sunday morning. As I unpack the food I prepare the meals. Usually all done by 10am. Takes the pressure off when you leave home at 730 and don’t get home til 6pm each day.
When I’m not at work, I spend EVERY moment with my children. And I love it.
I actually use Jody Allen’s book for a lot of the recipes and Michelle bridges recipes too. My kids are pretty good with what they eat, I like to home cook almost everything, they take cut lunches to school and I bake for other people as a ‘nice thing to do’ most weekends.
Mexican chicken and salad wraps
Pork fillets with sweet potato mash, green beans and pan fried apples
Beef and veg stir fry w rice
Slow cooked roast w veg
Bolognaise (not often though)
Fish curry (a sweet curry with thick white fish)
Chicken and seeded mustard casserole/bake
Steak and Veg (can’t cook ahead of time but it a fav in our house)
Braised shanks or forequarter chops
Lucky all of you I had 3 days off
Some people can't afford to stay at home. That doesnt mean they can't afford to have children.
Some people don't have husbands or wives with $180,000 a year jobs.
Its illegal for an employer to have their worker working before 6 weeks after birth.
6 weeks off is minimum requirement.
Be a mum and stay home for at least 5 mths
The baby needs to bond with mum