I have to admit, my partner started suggesting I return to work well before I was actually ready to say the words. Financially, it was something our family needed, and by the time I was ready to go back to work I was definitely ready for him to say any number of these things every grown-ass man says when hearing "I'm ready to go back to work." From "Awesome!" to, "Let me make you some lunch to take to work," I was grateful that my partner had at least a few of the "perfect" responses.
Whether you take a few months or a few years, going back to work after becoming mom is no small undertaking. You have 100 percent more responsibilities that tend to take over at least half of your brain at any given moment. Letting them go and in order to focus fully on work is a task that takes a certain amount of getting used to. Having a partner on board with making that transition as smooth as possible can make all the difference.
I headed back to work a few weeks ago, and would likely have been ready around the time my daughter turned one. The new routine is slowly forming, although it does feel like a more intense marathon than the daily life of being a stay-at-home mom. My routine getting ready to head to work now involves an entire other human! Luckily, my partner and I have had productive conversations about what allows all the moving pieces to flow together so that we can all get to where we need to go (and be relatively on time),