A friend on mine asked me how I’m finding being a mum and whether the maternity leave feels like a break, a vacation. I’m sure you mums out there are laughing at the idea that looking after a baby is some sort of vacation, but those who don’t have children don’t really know what it’s like… so I’ve tried to think about it.
It’s true that I don’t have a boss to report to, I don’t have deadlines (although we do have milestones! eheh) and I can have a nap during the day now and then; time goes slowly here, ruled by the rhythm of a baby, with his feeds and naps. However the lack of sleep–especially with a baby who, like Pallino, is still waking up 2-3 times per night–the responsibility and the incredibly steep learning curve make it all more challenging than the average job. With the difference that we are “programmed” for doing this and therefore it comes somehow natural and bearable (and amazing).
I wonder what it’ll be like to go back to work, whether I’ll be able to concentrate and be efficient again… I’m sure the first weeks will be tough, then I’ll find my way… but how many of my colleagues in the meantime will think that I’m coming back from a long vacation?