This Time Last Year

This time last year was my first day back at work after maternity leave with LP. I had been off work for nearly 15 months and LP was 13 months old. We’d organised a Childminder and I was going back to work fulltime and back to the job role I had left the year before – with the same lovely team.

Unbeknown to us I was also about 4 weeks pregnant. I was only back at work for 6 months before going on maternity leave for a second time.

Looking back, it seems like such a long time ago that I was buying new work clothes and putting everything I needed in my bag ready to go to work on my first day back. So much has changed since then – we no longer have a childminder, LP is another year older – a walking talking little girl rather than the crawling baby of a year ago. Little Man is also here and our family is complete.

I know that I will never return to that same job role, full time and with the same team and for that I am a little bit sad – I had a great time in my job role – both times I felt like part of an amazing team and loved working there although this time last year I found it all very exhausting – getting up extra early to get LP ready, putting the slow cooker on before we left the house so that dinner would be ready when we got in, dropping LP off at the childminders for 8am and then doing a full day of work before picking her up again at 5:30pm, going home, dinner, bath, bed and then going to bed myself ready to start it all again. Having that routine on top of being pregnant was incredibly draining. I never felt so tired as I did for those 6 months – even with a newborn baby I wasn’t as run down as I felt having to juggle a home, work and childcare.

Hats off to working Mothers. I worked full time for 6 months whilst being a Mummy. I won’t be doing that again until they’re at school – I’ll be working part time at most and even that I think I will find incredibly hard work.

If you’re a Mummy and you work full time, I honestly don’t know how you do it.

This Time Last Year


  1. October 7, 2013 / 10:39 am

    I followed a similar pattern to you – going back to work after a year, only to be pregnant a few months later. I worked full time the whole of my second pregnancy as well, commuting around 80 miles a day & taking my little boy with me. It was exhausting. After 9 months of mat leave with our second child I went back full time for a few months – basically long enough not to owe any maternity pay back and left.
    Now that I’m working locally and part time I look back on those years and wonder HOW and WHY I did that?! Part time is a win for us – it allows me to “keep my hand in” with my job and means I get plenty of time with my babies 🙂
    Glad you’ve found a solution that works for you x

    • October 7, 2013 / 8:11 pm

      Because of my Husband’s shifts and childcare being so expensive I’m not sure I’ll be able to go back even part time when my maternity leave finishes next year but on the plus side with my company I don’t have to pay anything back! We’ll see what happens, I won’t be thinking about it until after Christmas x

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