Things that happened when I ventured into work today


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I pulled Spider-Man out of my bag instead of a pen

I pulled Spider-Man out of my bag instead of a pen

Officially I’m on maternity leave at the moment but, being self-employed, it’s difficult to completely disappear for nine months as there are clients I really value and don’t want to lose and jobs I love doing. And so every so often, I find myself doing ridiculous things like writing articles at my laptop while breastfeeding, or getting my husband to take a day off work and hang about my place of work, bringing my baby to me when he or she needs feeding.

Today was one of those days where it took a military operation to co-ordinate childcare and drop-offs for my three children, so I could do a few hours of work at a local university, where I have guest lectured in journalism for the past seven years. This is one of my favourite regular jobs and when they asked me if I was available this year, there was no way I was going to turn them down.

I admit, I was feeling apprehensive. Despite it being a regular job, I am so far in my kiddie bubble at the moment, I was worried I would do something ridiculous like baby talk to my students.

This is what happened:

* I felt ridiculous eating breakfast with my children in a dress, heels, full face of make up and straightened hair, but there is nothing like a bunch of young fashion students to make you feel mumsy so I wanted to look my best.

* I had a lump in my throat saying goodbye to Baby I. He didn’t seem bothered though.

* I didn’t do the school run for the first time this term.

* I sang along to Frozen for five minutes before realising there were no kids in the car.

* I turned on my local radio station and didn’t know any of the songs.

* I put on a local retro station and sang my heart out to songs that were over ten years old.

* I shouted ‘look, fire engine’! And then got sad that none of my children were there to see it or to hear its sirens going.

* It took me 35 minutes to drive 3 miles into the city centre.

* I instinctively went to park in the parent and child spaces before realising I couldn’t. It also took me a while to remember that I didn’t have to worry about having enough space other side of the car to get my children in and out without damaging the car next to us.

* I only had to get myself out of the car and no buggies, babies, children or change bags.

* I used the stairs rather than having to seek out the lift. And when I did use a lift, I got to press the button myself.

* I went to the loo on my own! And there were three women doing their make up in there. I sensed they must be working mums who don’t get time to do that before school/nursery runs.

* I waited for the little green man before crossing a completely empty road, like I always do with my children.

* I didn’t talk about my children for nearly five hours.

* I went to get a pen and pulled Spider-Man out of my bag instead.

* People did things the first time I asked them and without me having to count to three.

I had lunch without having to remind people to sit on bottoms or wiping mucky faces

I had lunch without having to remind people to sit on bottoms or wiping mucky faces

* I had lunch on my own in Pret. A hot falafel wrap that I didn’t have to share with anyone. I didn’t have to tell anyone to keep bottoms on seats or wipe mucky faces and hands. And I people-watched for 20 minutes. A guilty pleasure!

* My boobs started tingling at Baby I’s milk time. I worried whether he was taking his expressed bottle (thankfully he did).

* I overestimated how long it’d take to get from work to school without any children so got there very early. I sat in my car and read the news.

* I felt ridiculously overdressed for the school run but got some lovely comments from other mums.

* After looking at me very strangely, I got the most amazing smile and laugh from Baby I when I got home.

* Tea was on the table thanks to my mother-in-law who was on childcare duty today.

* I actually sighed with relief when I took my heels off.

* I felt glad that I still have a little while before I have to think about going back to work properly.

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29 Comments to Things that happened when I ventured into work today

  1. When I’m teaching my class, it’s always strange when I say, “lift your hands over you head” and they actually do it! People who listen! I know the awestruck feeling of not having to count to three, too.

  2. That did make me laugh. I love dressing up to go to my office once in a blue moon, but as soon as I’m through the door the heels come off and I’m back in my comfy clothes again

  3. hannah mum's days

    I really enjoyed this! You don’t realise how different work life to mum life really is until you see it written out like this! Fun for a day but I bet you were glad to be back in the baby bubble the next day 🙂

    Thanks for linking to #TheList

  4. Oh I identified with so many of these!! Loved this post Cathryn; it’s a wonderful thing to be able to embrace the dual sides of being mummy and that other part of being you too. Thanks so much for sharing on #AllAboutYou x

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