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Transitioning back to work is difficult to do, even if your precious cargo is left with a loved one. When I went to the office, I left my energy at home. I woke up at six, drove my daughter to daycare at seven, arrived at work at eight, clocked out at five, returned to the daycare at six and unlocked our apartment door at seven. Thankfully, my mother sometimes sends us plate, so I don’t have to spend the rest of the night in the kitchen. It’s a long day, but my body (and eventually my mind) adjusted to the new schedule.
To make life run smoothly even when I run late, I compiled a list of must-have items in my working mom briefcase.
1. A Change of Clothes
If you’re breastfeeding, you may leak on the job. Have a spare shirt on hand, just incase you experience a wardrobe malfunction while working. I also stashed a breast pump in my bottom drawer. Fortunately, I had my own office and pumped in peace.
2. Three Pairs of Stockings
It never fails that if I’m in a hurry, I snag my stockings heading out the door. In the past, I’ve carted the carrier into a convenience store to purchase a new pair. Once I went to a grocery store with a slim selection. I bought opaque tights, which promised to be one size fits all. I later found out women who weigh between 100 and 180 pounds can’t wear the same size! The stocks sagged at my ankles and I readjusted them throughout the day. So, I advise keeping three pairs–black, barely black and nude–in your desk drawer.
3. A Picture of Your Little One
My mom gave me a pink frame and matching desk accessories when I returned to work. Since my thoughts trailed home to my baby girl, it was nice to bring a piece of her with me to the office. I also asked for my family to text me photos or put the telephone up to her ear when I called to check in. The first few days at daycare I made a few calls to make sure she was still alive!
4. A Cell Phone Charger
Sometimes your workday lasts longer than your cell phone’s battery, so make sure you don’t leave home without your charger. Before baby, I couldn’t care less about my battery dying. But now, I’m nervous to transport my child without a phone, in case of emergencies.
5. A Pack of Post-it Notes
Eight months after returning to work, I still suffer from an occasional case of mommy brain. When a thought pops into my head, I immediately wrote it down. I remembered bills to pay or personal appointments to make. Also, when my manager added an assignment to my long to-do list, I jotted the instructions down.
Hey DFTM Fam–What items essential items would you add to the list?