Returning to work after maternity leave can be welcoming and at the same time, conflicting. I now have a baby to take care of and I don’t want to leave him behind. We have been inseparable, carrying him in my wrap that my friend gave me. I have to say the best gift I received that encouraged attachment parenting. He was inside the wrap and took three naps daily, each two hours. Nestled in between my breasts and above my stomach, his small head barely peeked out of the wrap. While I sat on the recliner, we took naps together or I would catch up on a few emails.
Fortunately for me, I had an employer, and still do, that was family-friendly, accommodating of my breastfeeding and allowed me to work from home twice a week to continue the connection with my baby. As a publicist, I have client accounts I maintain and can easily do so while working from home. All I need is Internet connection, computer, e-mail, and fax machine and I’m good to go. Now that’s something to celebrate. Cupcake, anyone?
Eve, it sounds like you are truly cherishing the birth of your son and are surrendering to motherhood. This is a journey that mothers don’t know exists until after birth. Mothers’ hearts are torn from wanting to stay with their precious babies and yet the demands of life don’t always cooperate. However, I am so pleased to hear that your employer is making this easier for you. God truly worked hard on this for many years so that you can reap the rewards.
Also, the wonderful gift that God gives mothers is the gift to know how he feels about the mothers who take on this role. So the next time you are holding your child close to your heart, remember God is holding you close to his heart. He knows that you also need mothering and God will swaddle you in his embrace. Do you feel it? Do you hear his heart beat? Isn’t it wonderful to be held close to someone’s heart who loves you so much? Does your cupcake love you as much or does it love your thighs more? What the heck, enjoy your cupcake!