Re: concerns and fears about going BTW...
shalyn, those are all natural feelings...and feeling to be expected of a mother who is going back to work. i went back to work at the beginning of last month when my dd was 10 weeks old. it was hard leaving her the first couple of weeks...but it's gotten easier. i leave the house by 7am and i'm home typically by 5:15pm...i nurse her and then we play for a little bit. then i give her a bath around 6:30pm or so...and nurse her to sleep around 7:30pm. my dh used to give dd a bottle of ebm and put her to sleep, but now that i'm back at work, i want to nurse her to sleep at night...and i made sure we didn't use any bottles at all during the weekend. i don't think our bf relationship has changed...i do noticed that she's more eager to bf at night (i think she misses me! )
i also worry about missing dd's firsts...like i know she'll be rolling over from her back to her tummy very soon!!!! she's almost done it 3 times in the past week...and i may very well miss it. maybe you can have your neighbor take pictures/video of her during the day to capture her "firsts" if they happen when you're at work.
oh...and bring a few pics of your dd to work to put up if you work in an office type setting. i find myself looking at my dd's pics at least 10 times an hour! LOL! she makes me smile and it makes the day go by faster!
hang in there and good luck!
Aleina... born on Mother's Day, May 14, 2006...7lbs 4oz, 21.6 inches
Lauryn Elle...January 26, 2008...7lbs 15oz, 20 inches