Returning to work after Family Leave

So as stated in a previous post, I’ve been out on Family Leave for the last 20 weeks. My wife and I welcomed our son to the world last June and I have had the joy of being on bonding leave since October; when my wife went back to work. It’s s been an absolute dream to be with my son the last months and seeing him grow from a tiny bean to a tiny person with his own bubbly personality. But as with everything, it was time time for the next chapter.

This past week I returned to work full time, and to say the least, it’s been different. While I have missed being with my son all the time, it’s felt liberating to rejoin a part of my life that im proud of. It’s been great being part of my team again, and having conversations with adults rather than the babblings and drool filled raspberries of an infant. It’s also felt strange being back at work too. Having been out for so long, I can’t help but feel like the new guy all over again. The past few days have been filled with meetings and countless email threads to get back up to speed with all the various projects and initiatives going. When I get home I see that toothless smile, and it makes it all worth it.

Another great aspect of return to work, but also a whole new challenge on its own, has been working from home a couple days out of the week. It’s great to be able to retain a couple days spent with my son, but finding a way to be productive and keep an eye in the baby, has been a game changer. It was hard enough to keep him occupied when there was nothing else to do, but now that I need to juggle calls, team’s meetings and multiple projects; its a whole new ball game.

Luckily he is taking better naps at times that I have scheduled meetings and he has taken pretty well to his play pen. He has also started pulling himself up and crawling more, so his world is expanding by leaps and bounds. Fingers crossed he doesnt start walking too soon. 🙂

Long story short, it was great being home with my little guy for as long as I was. At the same time I’m happy to be able to go back to work and to takle all the new challenges that come with it. As the saying goes “See Every day like it’s a gift, that is why it is called the Present”.

Until next time, Have a good one.

MG

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