Working Mama

Those of you following my blog will remember that last week I wrote about my thoughts on going back to work and whether it was the right time for our family. I received such an over-whelming response to the post and was so touched by all your words of support and encouragement. I hadn’t realised what a universal topic it is, and it just meant the world to me that those reading seemed to understand where I was coming from. There’s always the worry that it seems like you are gagging to run away from your child!

Since then, I have met with my employer and chatted about the role in detail. There were several re-assuring things when we met – the first was that she seemed to be a calm and measured person, which makes a big difference for me when working to someone. It was also the first interview I’ve had where we were talking ‘on the level’ rather than trying to impress someone with my experience. Perhaps it’s different now that I’m a mother and have other priorities but I spoke my mind and wasn’t afraid to tell her what I didn’t have knowledge of, as well as what I can do with no trouble.

working mama - low angle shot of laptops in the office

Then there was silence, for what seemed like ten thousand weeks. It was actually 3 working days, but my anxiety for the job was cranked up to 180. At one point, I gave myself a reality check that 2 weeks ago, I wasn’t even thinking of work. I was happily blogging and looking after Emma and now suddenly all I want is to know where I stand with it. I  was refreshing my inbox at least 20 times an hour and even calling my answering phone just in case she left a message and I wasn’t notified. Yes it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions, but at least it confirmed one thing: I want to go back to work.

I had started to get an inkling that things might be going my way when I was asked for my CV and references but then it was confirmed…I got the job! The email came in the evening and I just stared at it in disbelief. My first thought was:

‘I’m still employable’

That might be a really silly thing to say, and I hope it doesn’t come across like a ‘woe is me’ statement, but I genuinely thought that. I suppose it goes with the territory of working in a freelance industry, where the job is time consuming to say the least. Forget 9am-5pm. It has always meant working the hours required to get the job done. So when I found out I was pregnant, I suppose I dismissed myself and knew it would be a struggle to return to work. I even got the odd comment “ah good luck with that one, there’s so many mothers looking for part time work”. My heart would always sink at hearing this, knowing deep down that it’s true.

So now the contract is signed and a new phase of our lives begin. The logistical juggle of working in London and being there for Emma too. It’s all quite daunting but I know so many people handle the working mum juggle and manage it just fine, so we’ll get there. With the help of Mum and the constant support of my other half, it will all be okay. Here’s to the new me, working mama and I couldn’t be more excited!

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28 Comments

  1. September 19, 2016 / 10:56 am

    Best of luck, Bridget. I’m excited for you! Hoping it goes well.

  2. September 19, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Very proud that you got the job, of course you’re still bloody employable! For a little while you might feel like you’re not great at work and you’re not great at home but stick with it and the balance will come in time, for all of you. Hot tea, lunch break, uninterrupted wees cliche blah blah – you’ll be fab xxx

  3. September 19, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Well done! Once you get going and into the swing of things, everything will be fine. The daunting bit is the bit before you start. Best of luck. Alison x #AnythingGoes

  4. September 19, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Oh Bridie firstly massive congrats on getting the job! I know where you are coming from about your anxiety in terms of still being employable. It might take some adjustment but no doubt you’ll love it! In so pleased to read that you e made a decision your happy with. All the very best xxx #bigpinklink

  5. September 19, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    I am so excited for you Bridget! I am aslo a little jealous too 😉 I will also miss our chats, you have kept me sane on many a day! Just remember, if you ever need a virtual PA, then I am your gal 🙂 Good luck xxxxx
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  6. September 19, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Oh Bridie how exciting for you. I’m thrilled that you’re going back to something you genuinely love. I adored my career after the children and if you can get the balance then it really will be win win. Here’s hoping it works beautifully for you xx #BigPinkLink
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  7. September 19, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    Well done Bridget! I really didn’t know which way you were going to go after reading your other post , so I’m really happy to read you got the job and have decided to go for it! x
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  8. September 19, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Very excited for you Bridie! You will learn to juggle it all don’t worry too much. Being a working Mum is much like being a SAHM in that you have good and bad days but it’s so worth it in the end. Good luck Mama! x
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  9. September 19, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Congratulations! I love that that was your first thought. I’m worrying if I will ever be employable again! But you’ve given me hope! Best wishes to you for it all X

  10. September 19, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Good luck Bridie, so proud of you. I hope that everything goes really well. You will have the juggling at first, but you will settle into a routine. I’ll be looking forward to hearing how it goes. Claire x #triballove

  11. September 19, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    It’s really exciting! I bet you’re really looking forward to it x

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  12. September 20, 2016 / 7:27 am

    What an exciting new chapter in your life. It will be tough to begin work because change always is. Especially learning to leave your tiny sidekick somewhere else. But give it some time and you’ll find a new routine and love it I’m sure! Just remember to be kind to yourself as you adjust. Best of luck!
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  13. September 20, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Congratulations and good luck Bridie! It is definitely a thrill to know that you still have what it takes to land a job. I know I struggled emotionally when I first went back to work. There was also mummy guilt at the back of my mind but hey, after so many years and adjusting, I can say it is fine and it will be fine.
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  14. September 21, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Yay! That is so so so exciting! I would have been just the same. Refreshing and refreshing. I’m so glad you got it. I definitely think that being a Mum makes you far better at saying what you want in situations. Thanks for sharing with the #bigpinklink
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  15. September 22, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Aaah Bridie. This is such an exciting new venture! Good job on stepping out and going for it! Wishing you all the best! You should be proud of yourself! #coolmumclub
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  16. September 22, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Oh lovely such exciting news – well done!! Looking forward to hearing how you get on. #coolmumclub
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    • September 22, 2016 / 10:38 pm

      Oh gosh that is a terrible comment. I meant I am behind on commenting and reading blogs, and seeing your news. I also meant good luck with everything, not one. x

  17. September 23, 2016 / 11:28 am

    Huge congratulations Bridget, well done for getting this! I’m sure you’ll make it work for your family too. I love working and being a mum and I know I’m a better mum because I go out to work and have my own life outside of the family. You’re be ace!! Tor xx #coolmumclub
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  18. September 24, 2016 / 10:55 am

    Congratulations darling I know it’s a massive roller coaster of emotions but if going back to work is what you want then it’s important for the happiness of the whole family that is what you do. It will take some readjustment but you can do it!! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx
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  19. September 24, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    I’m so pleased for you! I hope that you’ll find the right balance and really enjoy being back in work mode. Glad you have a lovely supportive family. I’ll miss having such regular DMs. Your support and encouragement has been very much appreciated over these months and I know you aren’t leaving for another planet, or anything, but it is a new and exciting chapter!
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  20. September 25, 2016 / 10:51 am

    That’s wonderful news! Congratulations and good luck! I love reading posts that are positive and I really hope things go well for both you and Emma.

    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes Janet 🙂
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  21. September 26, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Congratulations! Sounds like it’s the right time for you too. Very exciting! Hope it all goes smoothly and I’m sure it won’t be too long before you’re fully into the swing with work life balance too. Good luck x #bigpinklink

  22. September 28, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    Congratulations mama you are so amazing and I am proud of you xoxo
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  23. September 29, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    I love being a working mum. I’m teaching my boy about providing, the career ladder and what a kick ass woman looks like. God help his partner if she/he doesn’t work 😉 high heels mummy x

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