Returning to Work? Make Sure You Pack This in Your Briefcase! Heather Hopson January 29, 2013 Uncategorized 10 Comments (Photo Courtesy: The Guardian) 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? 10 Responses Janeane Davis January 29, 2013 I liked your list. I would add put an extra diaper in your briefcase and keep one in the bottom of your desk drawer. I learned that there was never a place where I did not find the need to have an extra diaper stashed! It is nice to the extra in the emergencies that always seem to surprise us. Reply Caroll January 30, 2013 Good list! I remember when I did go back to work. I was still breast feeding. When I called home and heard my baby crying in the background I would automatically spring a leak. So I would say extra breast pads. That was 15 years ago. So happy to be working from home now. Reply Tomika B January 31, 2013 I actually packed an extra diaper bag and left it in my car because I was on the road alot and I just wanted to be prepared. I would add baby wipes to your list. I actually still carry them. They clean everything:) Reply newmom0608 February 8, 2013 Tomika, so true. Sometimes I pick my daughter up from daycare and end up stopping at the store, so an extra diaper bag would definitely come in handy! Reply T. Espi February 1, 2013 Mommy brain never goes away LOL. It gets better though…slightly. Reply newmom0608 February 8, 2013 Hhhhmmmm, wonder how long I can use the mommy brain excuse? Until she’s 18??? Reply Chasing Joy February 2, 2013 Great list. I’ll keep this in mind when I have kids. Reply Hanifah Munadi February 3, 2013 All I can say is, I remember those days oh so well. Lord, I just wanted to be home with my babies. I support the mothers who are going through what i have gone through. Very informative, thanks for sharing. Reply Joyce@MommyTalkShow February 3, 2013 I’d add a healthy snack too like a protein bar or dried fruit. I’m not back at work FT, but I can imagine that as little time as I have to eat now – it could get worse. I’d love to have something healthy to grab and balance my blood sugar. Reply newmom0608 February 8, 2013 Joyce, great addition. When I first returned to work, I moved at a slower pace. I was tired and often skipped my lunch hour to ensure I was efficient. I used to keep snacks in my desk drawers. 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