1. Recognise this for the enormous deal that it is.
First thing’s first: In case you didn’t notice, your life has changed completely since you had your baby, and it’s about to change completely again with your re-entry into the workplace.
This is not a small deal. THIS IS A BIG DEAL!
It might be the first ever time your child has been in care. It’s certainly the first time you’re picking the role of "professional" back up after being totally consumed by becoming a parent.
This is a huge day, and it’s okay if it feels like one. You have my permission to cry, but only one time, and try not to smudge your mascara, because you look extremely beautiful.
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2. Wear your best work clothes.
Look, if your work clothes are scrubs, I apologise in advance, because I appreciate you don’t have much room to move there. But if you’re a corporate lady, then I must insist that you take off your slippers (we all wear slippers on maternity leave, there is no judgement here), strap on a pair of heels, and positively CLACK your way into the building.
There is almost no sense of dread that a really solid CLACK CLACK CLACK on a polished tile can’t fix. Feeling nervous? Have a clack. Feeling unsure? Have a clack. Feeling like perhaps you’ve left the best part of your life behind you and you never should have agreed to return to work in the first place? WELL, CLACK CLACK CLACKETY CLACK, MY FRIENDS. LET’S GET CLACKING.