I went back to work this week. My colleagues probably think I was off forever, but to me, it felt like my maternity leave had just started. One of the girls sent me a text a few days ago asking me whether I was stressed to come back. Not! The logistics of arranging childcare were a lot more stressful than being at work.
It might sound a bit cliché, but going to work felt like a bit of a break. I love my four children with all my heart, but I also have a career. Looking after small children who have “more demands than terrorists” (my friend Loraine’s words – so fitting!) can be draining, and it is somewhat refreshing to be around lots of adults with whom I can hold a conversation for more than a minute without having to wipe a nose, start nursing or magic a snack out of my handbag.
With a family of six including four small children, school runs, playgroups, various clubs and activities, a home to keep half-decent, food to cook for all of us, laundry and paperwork, life is never quiet or still. It is nice to know that at work, although I have plenty to do as well, I am allowed a break for lunch and I can even have a cup of coffee (a warm one) whilst working (sitting down) before the day starts.
When I spend some time away from the children, I can put the tantrums and sulking into perspective; they make me smile again. I appreciate every minute spent with the little ones. Dinner time spent chatting about our day is something I really look forward to, bath time is a pleasure and I would not miss out on their story time before bed. The house is a mess, the laundry pile higher than ever and dinners not as nice as when I am off, but I enjoy my job and I think that stress, if channelled in a positive way, is healthy and makes us move forward.
After I had Crevette and went back to work full-time and with managerial responsibilities, I cried in the toilets expressing milk on my first day. This time round, I am not going to lie and say it was easy or relaxing, but I am now working part-time and my first couple of days were far from unpleasant. I managed to achieve a lot in a short period of time and feeling productive is great!
The day before I went back, I looked in my wardrobe and rummaged for clothes that would fit my current body shape. Your body changes so much after having a baby (or four!)… The priority for me was being comfortable so I went for some of my wardrobe staples.
On my first day, I wore a bold blue Oasis top with matching Aldo shoes. Colours put me in a good mood, heels give me confidence and having open-toe shoes meant I could have a pop of pink thrown in for good measure. Perfect way to start! I also wore suit trousers from Warehouse as well as my Gucci watch and new Martha Jackson tree necklace.
On my second day, I went for Paraphrase trousers, a crisp white Benetton shirt, my little Hilfiger Denim jacket with its gorgeous red floral pattern inside, a Martha Jackson feather brooch, Red Sasha shoes to match the inside of the jacket, pearl earrings & necklace as well as my watch.
I absolutely love the two beautiful pieces of silver jewellery from Martha Jackson.
The necklace is quite simply beautiful, delicate and I find it perfect for a formal occasion yet cute enough to be worn when dressed casually. I wore it at work, but also when I went to the Harry Potter studios with Crevette a couple of weeks ago.
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One lucky winner will get a £50 voucher to spend on Martha Jackson jewellery. What would you choose?
Entries are open until midnight GMT time on 21 April 2015. Good luck!
– The prize will be supplied directly by Martha Jackson.
– The giveaway is open to UK residents over 18.
– I was sent the tree necklace and feather brooch for the purpose of this review. No payment was received. All opinions and photographs are my own.