Maternity leave goes by all too quickly (in my experience). When my son was born I had roughly 14 weeks off, and it seemed like I was starting to get into the groove of postpartum life when I had to start planning for my return to work. When I was preparing to go back, the main thing on my mind was, “How am I going to do this?” Not that my experience should be any sort of example to anyone else, but I did discover a number of things moms should do before going back to work.
Ultimately, I only stayed in that job for a few more months before transitioning (yet again, because motherhood is nothing if not constant alterations and continued adjustment) to brief stint as a stay-at-home mom, before eventually landing on being a work-from-home mom. But I digress, as that's another story for another day. Looking back at those early months, it was a crazy time full of a seemingly endless parade of changes in a ridiculously short period of time.
Still, and always, I am grateful for it. I think that period of time in my mom-life helped me figure out what was best for my family (and myself). Hopefully these suggestions might help moms who are about to tackle one of the biggest transitions of the bunch, too: the return to work after having a baby.