I am going back to work on Monday August 20th, and with this date quickly approaching, I have started to reflect on all that’s happened in the last six months. I had originally planned on taking three or four months off following the birth of my daughter; being self-employed has some practical and financial limitations for maternity leaves. As that deadline came and went, however, I just didn’t feel ‘ready’ to go back. She still had more to teach me. This is what I learned:
- I learned that no matter how uncomfortable and anxious I was to meet her, she wasn’t ready until six days after her official due date. She taught me patience.
- I learned that I was able to fall in love with her deeply and immediately, as I did with her brother when he was born three years ago. She taught me unconditional love.
- I learned that I don’t need to second-guess my maternal instincts and intuition. She taught me confidence.
- I learned that seeing my children laugh together gives me a feeling of complete happiness. She taught me joy.
- I learned that I’m the first one she looks to for comfort, acceptance, and approval. She taught me loyalty.
- I learned that if I do not succeed at a new skill, I need to keep trying. She taught me perseverance.
- I learned that many of her needs can be met with a simple cuddle. She taught me compassion.
- I learned that seeing my son meet his baby sister for the first time was easily the most astounding moment of my life. She taught me about miracles.
So as I return to work, I will keep these lessons in mind. And I will continue to learn.