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    I'm returning to work soon and unfortunately I have to return to full time work I have not been able to find part time.

    I'm feeling so anxious about it, my daughter is 8 months and will be going to daycare five long days a week.

    Anyone else in the same boat? How to you manage? How does bubs manage?

    I'm starting to make myself feel I'll about leaving her but I need to go back to work.

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    I've just gone back off on maternity leave but worked for 18+ months full time from when DS was 6 mths old. It's a juggling act. You really need to be organised and have a good routine in place. I meal plan, pre prep dinner where I can of a morning, if i have time. Pack my lunch and get my clothes out the night before and pack DSs daycare bag and get his clothes out as well. I also do click and collect with groceries or have them delivered and utilise my lunch break where I can for appts. Working FT is really hard with LOs. You really need to take time for yourself of an evening because otherwise you just get no you time.
    Oh, I also try and do housework during the week so I can spend more time relaxing and a good chunk of time with my DS on the weekends.
    *hugs*

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    Sorry, just in terms of how I managed and how he managed. He has absolutely thrived at daycare. It was out of necessity but I'm glad in a sense, he's learning so much.
    If possible, gradually ease your way into it if daycare can accommodate that. Ie, increase a day per week.

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    I went back to work full time when my DS was 7 months. It was hard, I cried a lot. Once settled in, which too a couple of weeks, my DS was fine. Actually better than fine, he loves it! He's made friends, he's bonded with his carers, eats great food, learning new skills and sleeps well!

    Hugs. I understand how you're feeling. I hope it all goes smoothly for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunny Lover View Post
    Sorry, just in terms of how I managed and how he managed. He has absolutely thrived at daycare. It was out of necessity but I'm glad in a sense, he's learning so much.
    If possible, gradually ease your way into it if daycare can accommodate that. Ie, increase a day per week.
    Thank you. I've seen my niece go through full time daycare since he was 4 months old, and she too strived.

    Unfortunately I can't ease into it as I'm starting a new job with a new employer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunny Lover View Post
    Oh, I also try and do housework during the week so I can spend more time relaxing and a good chunk of time with my DS on the weekends.
    *hugs*
    I do this too. My week days are ridiculous. Up at 6 and often not in bed till 11/12 but the weekends are free and all about family time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by May baby View Post
    Thank you. I've seen my niece go through full time daycare since he was 4 months old, and she too strived.

    Unfortunately I can't ease into it as I'm starting a new job with a new employer.
    I did a months orientation before I went back to work. Allowed me to make the transition a little easier for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheekychook View Post
    I went back to work full time when my DS was 7 months. It was hard, I cried a lot. Once settled in, which too a couple of weeks, my DS was fine. Actually better than fine, he loves it! He's made friends, he's bonded with his carers, eats great food, learning new skills and sleeps well!

    Hugs. I understand how you're feeling. I hope it all goes smoothly for you.
    Thanks you. I'm just so worried because my hubby will drop her off around 8am (I won't see her in the morning) then I'll pick her up between 5 and 530. I feel like that's a massive day

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    I went back full time when DS was 18 months and tacked a 2 hr daily commute on to boot. It's hard but you can do it. Prioritise, organise and do things to make your life easier: get a cleaner, make meals on the weekend, give yourself a break and get take away. I've just managed to organise a caree at DS daycare to come 3 mornings a week to dress, feed and get DS to daycare. This will make a huge difference to me!

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    My DD went to daycare full time, she loved it and it was the best thing for her. Don't worry too much about it being a long day - they try and maintain a routine and a home-like environment, so your DD will have a similar day to what she would at home - naps, quiet play time etc


 

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