Day 2 back at work and it's going just fine so far.
Actually, leaving yesterday was easier than I thought it would be. I feel so confident with our nanny, I know they are in good hands. And I will confess, it was nice to have a little break from all day baby everything. I actually felt more rested at the end of the day than I have in a while. I'm sure that won't always be the case - once I really get ramped back up at work I'm sure I will have very crazy days - trying to squeeze everything into as short of a work day as I can manage. No more staying late to get things done - I have to be out of here on time every day.
I'm lucky that my workplace is very mom friendly. Every building has these 'new mothers rooms', where you can set up your stuff and pump. There are two desks in the room, with a privacy curtain for each. A lamp, an outlet for your pump. And a small fridge to store your milk for the day. It makes pumping at work so easy. I can pump in my own office when I'm there, and I have a fridge in my office, but I spend a lot of time in other buildings for meetins, so it's nice to have an easy way to pump.
The babies are having fun with the nanny - yesterday she read books, blew bubbles, played the flute, took them for a walk, did infant massage and baby sign language. She does way more stuff than I ever would have thought of. And she did our laundry, emptied the dishwasher, emptied all the trash cans, shook out my kitchen rugs. We're rapidly falling in love with her. I thought she was pretty expensive at first, but I can now see that we are definitely getting our money's worth.
She makes it easy for me to just come home and enjoy the babies - I don't have to worry about trying to get some of those chores done in the evening.
I still need to figure out how to manage dinner time better - so far it's just a big scramble to figure out what to eat for dinner when I get home. I need to develop a system where I figure it out ahead of time, and maybe to the prep ahead of time, so that it's easy and fast to put on the table when I get home.