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Have you noticed that I am back to full time work life? Don’t get me wrong, the last 18 months I was working full time but now I have to work under someone else’s orders…..wait wasn’t I working under little kid’s orders previously?? This is confusing.

No, but in all seriousness, I am back at work and this is my 4th return from a maternity leave. Returning to work is never easy, however, I will say that going back with an 18 month toddler versus 12 month does make the adjustment A tad easier. I should clarify it’s “easier” for me, always hard on the little ones. What’s the difference? Coming home, Natalie isn’t starving and can handle waiting a few more extra minutes for supper to be ready. It’s also better as we are already adjusted to the one nap a day, where she sleeps great and has a good bed time sleep and routine. Overall, just the maturity in a toddler from 12 to 18 months is huge.

With the 3 boys, I returned to work after 12 months, ranging from October, end of August and March. What I’ve noticed so far? Summer returns are hard, well only because I want to stay outdoors in the sun and not sitting inside with a computer. It’s not just hard because of that, but everyone at work is on vacation mode too. You want to complete a project but many are away on holidays. Or simply, getting the brain working for work is a whole new adjustment.

Struggling to find our routine as to how do we get all 4 ready in the mornings, out the door, lunch kits, extra clothing stocked, summer camp essentials, laundry washed/dried/folded/put away, and oh don’t forget supper prepped or pulled out of the freezer.

At least, with an 8 and 6 year old, they can get themselves ready, but man do they need constant reminders to grab this or that. I don’t know how many times I have to remind them to bring their sweaters or water bottles home.

I have to say, grocery shopping is manageable with my meal planning and freezer stash. I try to go on a weekend and early in the morning to catch the meat discounts. I don’t know if you’ve seen my previous posts, but I do have a sweet freezer stash. I love having these meals prepped in the freezer, even on a weekend when I would rather just hang out with everyone and not hang out in the kitchen making a meal.

95 Family Dinner Meal Ideas

Don’t get me wrong, I know that when school starts back up in September, piano lessons, swimming lessons and the good old hockey schedule all begin, I’m going to be slightly cranky adjusting to all the chaos.

Let the storm roll in! Challenge accepted! This is how I get pumped up! I will most likely keep adding to my freezer stash that way those crazy weeknights are easier.

Honestly, my best advice to transition back to work is don’t set up big plans, keep your schedule uncomplicated. Don’t set out big expectations on yourself. Kitchen is dirty, laundry is piling up, or floors are getting dirty, that’s ok. Tackle one thing a day, don’t do it every single evening. The transition is hard enough on everyone, keeping myself in check by realizing that spic and span house doesn’t equal happy house. It will be clean once the transition period settles and everyone finds their groove and role as to what they each need to do to help out. Don’t expect to do it all.

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