Most people count down the days of work before going on an extended holiday or break from work. For me, as the months, weeks and days counted down to my maternity leave, and my ever increasing belly grew to a size that meant I barely fit through the office door, the daunting feeling of change increased in equal proportion.
After nearly 10 years of walking into the same office every day and seeing the same faces, the regular coffee and quick chat with work friends at the same hour (on the hour) and burying my head into tasks that challenged me, the idea of waking up every day with no routine and being at the mercy of a little human being's needs scared the living daylights out of me. I was excited about meeting my daughter yet terrified it would never be the same again.
10 months on and I am back sitting at my old desk, I remembered my login password (a bit sad!) and my daughter is thriving. Although I miss my daughter terribly while I am not with her, I am enjoying being able to have some adult conversation, and for a few days a week I get to wear an outfit that will not get covered in baby food or drool by 10am.
The fact that I have been able to return to work on a part-time basis means there is still plenty of time to wear my mum hat, and has made the whole transition back to work possible and easy. I am fortunate to be able to pick up where I left off - working in the estate planning team with Nick Purcell. It is exciting to be back, the office feels like home again and there have been some exciting new changes, one being a new coffee machine in the kitchen!