It's working for Karly Kaufman
“I didn't really have a "back-to-work" plan! I just dove back in and made it work as I went along!”
I think I was a pretty level-headed pregnant person and I think I did pretty well in terms of health, exercise, eating well, etc. I don’t think I would change anything about how I approached pregnancy if/when I get pregnant again, so nothing major stands out as advice to give my former expectant self. However, I do wish I had put things in perspective a little more and had not stressed so much about all the annoyances of being pregnant. It certainly gets a whole lot harder when you are actually a mom. Also, I would have told myself to pack the hospital bag a little sooner. 😉
I shared the news of my pregnancy after my 18-week ultrasound, once we were confident everything was on track. I met individually with my boss and told him the news, and then shared it with HR and my co-workers.
The hardest thing for me was making the time to pump, but that wasn’t really a surprise. I knew that was going to be challenging and it was.
My son was born in September and I went back to work after the holidays, the first week of January. So my maternity leave was about 3.5 months. It was perfect because I got to enjoy all of my son’s “first” holidays without trying to juggle a work schedule.
I didn’t really have a “back-to-work” plan! I just dove back in and made it work as I went along! I’m very fortunate in that I had an easy transition back to work in terms of my work load. My co-workers didn’t treat me as if I missed a beat and I jumped back in on projects I had been working on before I left.
My husband Russ was definitely the biggest source of support. He was still home with our son when I went back to work and he did so much (like made lunch for me and cooked every night!) so that I could focus on work and wasn’t totally exhausted. My indulgence was It’s-It ice cream sandwiches.
As a working parent, I never expected getting ready in the morning would be so hard and falling asleep would be so much easier!