First Day

the baloney bug

Today is my first day back to work after almost six months of maternity leave.  It’s funny how the timing corresponds with the first day of school for many kids, the day after Labor Day.  It’s like I had a lovely summer vacation and have to go back to school.  I definitely feel those first day of school jitters.  Part of me wants to go back, but most of me wants to stay and cuddle my sweet little girl until she’s thirty.

I’m a ball of nerves.

We hired a nanny who I absolutely love, so I’m not nervous about the actual leaving her behind part.  It’s the mundane day to day activities I’m sad I’m going to miss.  But at the same time I’m excited to have adult conversations and be mentally stimulated (not that watching Real Housewives during nap time isn’t mentally stimulating).

Becoming a mother has literally been the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  It’s also the best thing I’ve ever done.  I just want to give this baby the best of everything, and I hope I’m making the right decisions for her.  I’m excited to come home refreshed to see her, instead of handing her off to Jon the second he walks in the door so I can have a moment to myself.

the baloney bug

the baloney bug

the baloney bug

the baloney bug

It’s going to be okay, right?


  1. It’s going to be fantastic!

  2. You are going to do amazing and Adelaide is already amazing! Happy First Day!

  3. Hey girl, I am heading back to work tomorrow after my almost two year run as a stay at home mom to my son. I am definitely feeling your pain but also your joy. Good luck and stay strong!!

  4. Debbie Ball says:

    Yes — it is going to be alright!!!!! It is just nice you had 6 months at home with her instead of only 6 weeks!! And knowing you adore the Nanny is half the battle! Have a GREAT first day back — it will go FAST and how excited Adelaide will be to see you at the end of the day!! HUGS!! ♥♥♥

  5. Today is Harper’s first day of daycare too…I have mixed feelings too. I have been back at work for two weeks now but my husband was home with her for those two weeks. I do love coming home to see her sweet smiling face. I hope it goes okay today for both of us. Hugs!

  6. Ali McDonough says:

    Aw Joanie it’s going to be good – she’s absolutely beautiful and you’re an amazing mom 🙂 Look at that smile!!! Have a great day at work – and a great night with the fam!

  7. I’ll be thinking of you today! I know you will both rock it! When you start to get sad during the day just think of the amazing cuddles you’ll get when you get home!!!

  8. Hope it went well!

  9. Maybe a few tears at first but yes it will be fine!

  10. Joan your commit as a mom has been evidenced in all the smiles this little one provides every day. Your love and that of dad spill over in all you do. Best wishes for a good first week at work.

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