Monday, April 7, 2014

Back to Work...Here We Go!

Hey everyone,

This morning is my first day back to work. Thirteen months ago, I left the office feeling like my return date was eons away.  Well, here I am and my third maternity leave has flown by in a blink of an eye. What an incredible year it has been.  With our two little ones being so close in age, I've really been home for almost two years in a row. 

Last week, we started to practice our new routine of getting ready in the morning, pick ups at night. It's hard. Yup, it's really hard. I love being an at-home mummy. I really do. Not only do I love being with our babies but it's allowed me to talk to you so often and not only grow my blog but my Interior Decorating business.

Yes, I feel mummy guilt, leaving my babies all day. However, I know they are in loving arms and learning so much. To be honest, they learn more at daycare then they learn with me at home ;) They sing, they play, they dance, they colour, they learn their numbers/letters, to be independent, socialize and learn how to share from an early age. While these are all things that I teach my children at home, being at daycare immerses them in it all. I have wonderful memories of my mum staying home with my brother and I, but I also believe, from being an at-home mummy and a working mummy, that children end up at the same place and perfectly well adjusted whether they are home or in a loving daycare.

So, as I trade in my lululemons and flats for pantyhose and heels this morning, I will definitely have a few tears and the ache for my babies will stay in my gut all day. But, I'm looking forward to seeing my co-workers, doing a job that I studied years to get, sitting down to eating lunch, leaning into the board room table, having the financial resources to buy pretty things and take fabulous family vacations and most definitely seeing my babies' infectious smiles at the end of the work day.

So, please bear with me. As a working mama, it's going to take a little while to juggle all the balls. Blogging to all of you is one of my greatest passions and working with fabulous clients keep my desire to create beautiful spaces alive. 

Hi Ho, Hi's off to work I go! Wish me luck.

Keep it Beautiful.


  1. Hope you all have a great day today Alicia!

  2. Good luck on your first day back! Hope it goes fast :)

  3. I just did the return to work in December, so I totally feel for you! You know this already, but the drop-offs DO get easier. Good luck!

  4. I remember that feeling!! or should I say. I remember all those feelings tumbling around. Excitment, guilt, worry, guilt... did I say guilt?!? :) You will be fantastic and the little one will be just fine!

  5. ... waves hello from Kanata ...

    Isn't it amazing how quickly that time off goes? From experience I know it can be a bit disorienting but it will soon resolve itself. Wishing you all the best on your first day back.

  6. I hope your day went well today, Alicia. I am so glad you said the part about kids ending up at the same place, daycare or momcare. I struggle sometimes with my choice to stay at home (does he learn as much? does he have enough different exposures?), but I know there are pros and cons to every decision and your gut tells you what's best. So while you're struggling with your new role, you've helped me too -- so thanks for blogging so openly :-)

  7. I hope you had a good first day back and that you find your pace while juggling it all!

  8. The best thing you can do for your kids is live a full and fulfilling life, whatever that looks like. Sounds like you have the right attitude. Good luck with the transition!


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