Before our son was born I was so proud to do the work I was doing; case manager/substance abuse counselor/social worker extraordinaire. I felt fortunate to have gained my work (and much of my life) experience through working in the trenches with some of society’s most desolate and needy people. I eventually worked my way “up” from doing medically managed substance abuse treatment to street outreach and finally into a more tame bureaucratic office environment. I landed the job I had always hoped for; I was at the place I had planned to stay. I fantasized about settling in until retirement and was ready to stick it out for the long haul. I had fantastic benefits and top pay (that would continue to climb) for what I did; even when I got pregnant I knew I would return to work…I had to; I’d be crazy to leave a job this good.
What about you? What was your transition to stay at home motherhood like? Was it hard for you? Did you or do you feel like you’ve lost your sense of identity? How about your transition from maternity leave back to the working world? Have you faced challenges or reliefs in returning to work? Does that feeling change as your children get older?
Erin Medina Heins loves photography and is an amateur sewer , former substance abuse counselor and case manager turned professional baby snuggler. Each day she works to cherish her time with her rapidly growing sweet little baby man while balancing not letting life and it’s distractions get in the way! Visit her on her blog, Facebook, and twitter.