Going Back to Work: A New Mom’s Story

New mom Janette and her baby Niko

New mom Janette and her baby Niko.
Photo by Kathy Kuhn.

Twelve weeks after her daughter, Niko, was born, new mom Janette had to go back to work. She had planned on this, as she is the breadwinner in her family. She really enjoys her career as a formulation chemist and product developer; she loves the intellectual challenge, but wishes she could have that challenge AND get to spend more time with her daughter. Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of her job.

Janette found a great nanny through a friend. After spending some time with her and using her as a sitter a few times, she knew this nanny was the one. Throughout the last weeks of her maternity leave, Janette practiced being away from Niko, leaving her with her nanny for short periods, and going to the gym, getting coffee, or doing her grocery shopping. This made the transition to being away from her during the workdays a lot easier.

When she drops Niko off at her nanny’s in the morning, sometimes it’s a relief. She does miss and think of her daughter often during the day, though.  During breaks or when she’s feeling stressed or aggravated, she looks at photos of Niko on her phone or Facebook, she remembers what’s important, and feels more centered.

Janette’s first day back actually felt really great.  Niko slept six hours the night before, for the first time! The practice time being away for shorter periods helped Janette to feel comfortable being away from her baby, but work doesn’t feel quite the same as before.  Her productivity is the same, but she doesn’t feel like it is. She works harder, is very focused, and makes sure to take breaks to not get burnt out. She has to get everything right the first time – no time to re-do any projects! She has a sweet little girl to pick up at the end of the day.

Picking Niko up at her nanny’s is Janette’s favorite part of the day.

After two months as a working mom, she feels it’s going well, even though it’s hard.

“I have big plans for my career, but I won’t let it be my whole reason for being, because it’s not anymore. Even though I love my job and want to kick ass at it, this is it. She is it.”

Lisa is a wife and mom of a baby girl. She enjoys trying out new forms of exercise and fitness, but her favorites are pole dance fitness, aerial silks, and yoga. She also volunteers some of her spare time to a local cat rescue. Since discovering her sexy strength a couple years ago, she is the happiest she has been her whole life, and is happy to share it with you. Got a question for Lisa? Write to writers@strongisoursexy.com

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