There is nothing that can prepare you for the long days to come for you and baby other than making the best of it.
I read a few articles about returning to work and I thought to myself. There really isn't any tips that make it any easier. You will still feel like you forgot something after dropping your baby off with Grandma or at daycare.
What I did a few days prior to returning to work is make sure we had taken everything grandma might need for baby. We took her swing, an extra bassinet we had, her portable bassinet that she likes to sleep in. Baby's stuff for feedings. I breastfeed & also supplement.
Ariella, has a schedule that varies but I have learned her cues the last 11 weeks.
Typically, our day would start by getting ready to drop off my oldest (Albert,8) at school. We would get up, get changed, I'd feed her, burp her then put her in the car seat to go.
At first, she did NOT like being in the car.
It took a few weeks for me to get a routine in place to avoid her being cranky in the car.
I did learn that if she was already crying it was going to be a long car ride.
As long as she was content I knew we could get to the car and possibly our destination without baby screams. We're still learning about each other. She, of course, knows mama & dad's voice and face.
I think the most important thing a mom can do is give their caregiver a letter about baby and give some insight about their day. What baby likes and doesn't like.
I wrote a letter to grandma from Ariella so she can have an idea of what baby's schedule is like. I didn't do it by the hour but typically how our day would go cause in our home we go with the flow!
Usually, once she wakes up I will change her, feed her, then she will hang out, watch some cartoons, or I’ll talk to her and show her toys to entertain her. After awhile she’ll start to fuss cause she wants to take a nap so I'll swaddle her and breastfeed her or rock her with a pacifier. This pattern continues throughout the day.
Anyways, our first week wasn't as bad as I thought. I have had a lot of changes to learn about at work so it has kept my mind busy.
Ariella on the other hand struggled a little with the changes. I'm proud of her for hanging in there but this weekend we got our snuggles in and made sure to comfort her needs. As time goes on I'll share more on this topic because it takes time for babies to get adjusted to new changes.
With lots of love we'll get through it!