1 year post maternity leave : what I wish I had known before I came back to work

1 year ago today,¬† I was getting ready to come back to work after having my second daughter Peanut. 3 months before, I had finished work 3 days before my due date, I had put everything in order for projects to continue smoothly without me and I felt very confident. After all, I had done it before and it had gone smoothly. Boy, I was in for a rough ride ! Read More »

Outnumbered ! Tips from week-end on my own with a baby and a toddler

Lion was away last week-end and I stayed home with Apple and Peanut. He left on Friday morning when I was at work and returned on Monday night after bedtime : I therefore had to care for the girls on my own for 4 consecutive bath and bedtimes, 3 mornings and 2 full days. This is regular life for my newfound heroes that are single parents, stay-at-home parents, army spouses and the likes (even our nanny, this goddess). But for me, it was the very first time. And I must admit, I was a little bit (very) scared.Read More »

Having it all ? Or screwing it all ?

Being a working mum, there are days when I feel I am kicking ass. Days where everything goes to plan : the kids both slept through the night, I made it to the office before 8am, my boss is in a good mood, my team is motivated, my presentation to the Board is met with approval and smiles, my husband tells me I look pretty and I just signed a big contract that will really boost the P in my P&L.

Those days are precious, but they are rare…Read More »

Once upon a time, there was a breastfeeding Mum who decided to pump at work…

I recently went back to work after Maternity Leave. Peanut is 3 month old. I will explain in a separate post why I decided to go back to work relatively soon after the birth of my daughter, but what I wanted to talk about today was my experience with pumping at work.

With my first child, Apple, I stopped breastfeeding at the 3 month mark, and although I also went back to work relatively quick, I had already stopped nursing her by the time I stepped foot in the office. With my second child, Peanut, breastfeeding was so pleasant¬† that I decided to give the whole pumping-at-work thing a go. In this post, I will explain the reasons why I made that decision and I will share some practical tips for Mums with a busy work schedule who would like to do the sameRead More »