Une photo, une histoire #6

This time for our series Une Photo, une Histoire, I selected a collage. I just wanted to write about it because it was one of those moments. You know, the ones when you realise how good your life is? Yep, today Frenchie Mummy is a bit soppy! Pardon!

A playful breakfast…

It was yesterday morning. Baba was having his breakfast when suddenly, he started playing with his bowl of porridge. That was ok, it was empty. Le petit monstre is quite a big eater

But he was so happy. I just stopped and took some pics to remember. He seemed so content. He was giggling and obviously quite pleased with himself for trying to trick me. He was in the mood to play with me and I could not resist.

I just loved that moment and wanted to immortalise it, before I forget it for good. At that point, I just felt so happy and totally in love with him. Don’t get me wrong, j’adore Baba all the time, but that morning was special.

I actually realised how lucky I was to be a SAHM, to be able to witness that kind of happy moment. I know I have not always been feeling that way, especially at the start of my maternity leave when I was missing work and I was feeling a bit of a useless SAHM. It took me a little while to adjust to my new life.

But I got to enjoy my new life as a maman more and more. Yes, it took me a little bit of time to accept my status as a mummy at home. But I am now fully enjoying it. Maybe too much and then the return to work will be harder?

I am going back to work in January and I have been thinking about it a lot recently. I am a bit anxious about it. Starting work again just after our first Christmas with Baba is going to be a challenge! Plus, we will be in France with my family, so I will be spoilt! Le retour à la réalité will be interesting…

I am now very careful to make the most of it! These kinds of moments remind me how lucky I am to be able to spend all this time with Baba.

I am not saying it’s always been easy to be a SAHM. There were times when I wished I never made the decision to have a baby. But those kinds of thoughts were so short because I know that it’s the best thing I have made so far! (I warned you that this post would be sentimental… I was not lying! Haha)

And yes, we had our obstacles on the way (Baba’s first night at the ER, his heart operation), but overall, it’s been a fabulous journey.

I am already nostalgic about it. I received my new contract to get back to school in January. It’s been on my desk for at least a week now… I am currently looking at it while I am typing those words. Still not signed.

I am definitely back to work (part-time, so I can’t really complain), but I already have some fears.

The first one being the nursery. What if Baba doesn’t like it? Will he cry the first day? Will he miss me and wonder what’s going on? I bet you he will be fine. He is quite independent. I reckon I am the one who will be in tears!

And then, the new life as a part-timer. Will I be able to organise myself so that I don’t bring too much work at home during my days off? Will I feel guilty when I work and Baba wants my attention? Probablement… But I will have to deal with it! Dreading it right now, to be totally honest with you…

That’s why I decided to make the most of it and fully enjoy those little moments. The ones when mon petit singe is my sunshine! Yes, he is a little monkey when he does those kinds of tricks and decides to play with his bowl!

What about you? How did you adjust to your new status of SAHM? How did you cope when you went back to work? For those who decided not to go back to work, do you sometimes regret this decision?

Oops! I didn’t want this post to be depressing! Let’s put some funny pictures of Baba to cheer up a bit!

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  1. twinkinsblog
    October 15, 2016 / 6:27 am

    I totally get the feelings you first felt when going on maternity leave. I’m a full time sahm and it took a while to get used to it. Since I was 16 (I’m 23 now, still pretty young lol) I have always worked and have always been highly ambitious. Having my twins has been difficult, but just knowing they will soon get older and I will be able to work again makes me feel positive. I’m enjoying this time with them and reminding myself how lucky I am to be able to spend so much time watching them grow. Their early years are so precious that I wouldn’t want to miss out! #thatfridaylinky

    • thefrenchiemummy
      October 15, 2016 / 6:42 am

      so true. Enjoy it! Having twins must be hard-work but a double dose of happy moments . thanks for reading xxx

  2. October 15, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    What a darling little chap! Yes, it will be you in tears when you walk away from him. 😀 Enjoy!

  3. October 16, 2016 / 8:21 am

    I felt exactly the same when I had my first. I went back to work part time but once she turned 3 I started looking for full time work again. I’m now working full time, in a job that I love and am pregnant with number 2. I’ll be going back to work full time afterwards (term time only). I couldn’t be a SAHM, I take my hat of to those who are! I think I’m someone who needs the routine of work. #sundaybest

  4. mackenzieglanville
    October 16, 2016 / 9:48 am

    oh he is so adorable, I just adore seeing pics of him! It would be hard to leave him even part time, Sometimes it is hard leaving them, yet we also need it at times too, but yes that face!!! I love your sentimental post! #sundaybest

    • thefrenchiemummy
      October 16, 2016 / 4:44 pm

      Merci! I am feeling so sad to have to go back to work. But I am sure it will be for the best x

      • mackenzieglanville
        October 16, 2016 / 11:14 pm

        popping back from #eatsleepblogRT and yes I am still in love with that gorgeous face!

  5. October 16, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    Aww! He is absolutely adorable. I can understand why it will be so hard to leave him even for a little bit….
    I never went back to work after having my kids….I don’t regret it one bit.

    • thefrenchiemummy
      October 16, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      I am sure I will be fine. You are very lucky! I am jealous lol, thanks for reading x

  6. October 16, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Hahaha! Love his food pics! We’re also back to work in January and I’m DREADING it too! Feel like at the start I couldn’t wait for this time to pass and yet now I don’t want it to end at all!

    • thefrenchiemummy
      October 16, 2016 / 4:48 pm

      Excactly the saem here… I wish I enjoyed iit more at the start… Thanks for reading. We will both be fine, I know x

  7. Jakijellz
    October 16, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    It’s been three years since I returned to work. I’m fine now. Hated it at the time. I started a new job and did not want to leave my baby at all. I found the first few weeks so hard. Three years down the line it was totally the right thing to do, for both of us. I remember counting down the weeks until it was time to go to work (not in a good way!) I had my last Monday morning. My last Friday afternoon. Everything felt like a big deal! Enjoy your last few weeks. ? #justanothetlinky

    • thefrenchiemummy
      October 16, 2016 / 4:49 pm

      I know what you mean. I am sure I will be fine after a little bit but I was so nostalgic when he was playing around with me… Thanks for reading x

  8. The Kitschy Mumma
    October 16, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    Im not going to lie, I was itching to go back to work! My little lady has just turned 4 so I’ve been back to work almost 3 and a half years. I found myself stuck in a bit of a baby bubble, going back to work helped me regain a bit of normality ? #eatsleepblogrt

    • thefrenchiemummy
      October 16, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      I understand where you come from. I was like that at first. I don’t blame you. Thanks fro reading x

  9. October 16, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Ever since the get go my mummy has made to most out of her time with me. Growing up is special and she likes taking photos of milestones and quiet wins xx #JustAnotherLinky

  10. October 16, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    He’s a handsome little fella I just love seeing his pics. It took me a while to get used to my role as a SAHM too and I would say there are still things I’m learning about the best way to do things even now but for me it is the best decision. I will return to work sometime in the future but it’s difficult as my husband stays away a lot with work and we don’t have nannies and grandma’s to rely on to have the kids if I had to work while he’s away. You have a vocation though more than just a job. I bet you will love it again once you have found your balance xx #KCACOLS

  11. Catie: An imperfect mum
    October 17, 2016 / 6:16 am

    I can
    Understand your nostalgia. All those emotions
    When you are going back to work. It can be overwhelming. Take some time out for you too. I hope it goes well. I teach part time and that has always worked for us. #EatSleepBlogRT

  12. October 17, 2016 / 8:47 am

    What a lovely honest and heart warming post! There’s nothing wrong with being a little soppy every now and then, in fact as a mummy it is almost a legal requirement. I’m sure going back to work will indeed be harder for you than for Baba, children adapt so quickly, but you’ll both be fine, he knows how much his maman loves him x

    • October 17, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Oops, so consumed by Baba’s cuteness forgot the # so here you are #MMBC xxx

      • thefrenchiemummy
        October 17, 2016 / 9:24 am

        He would love that ?

    • thefrenchiemummy
      October 17, 2016 / 9:23 am

      thanks for saying that Lisa. xxx

  13. October 17, 2016 / 9:12 am

    This is so lovely, he’s such a gorgeous little boy! I adore seeing his face in my news feed! It’s always hard to leave our children, even part time, but sometimes I think we need to have that time to ourselves be that for work or something else, and it means that we make more of the time we do have together. #MMBC

    • thefrenchiemummy
      October 17, 2016 / 3:07 pm

      I think you are very right. It will just be a bit hard at first, but I will be fine x

  14. October 17, 2016 / 11:51 am

    It’s so great to be able to capture these precious moment. Babies are so funny how they get excited out the smallest of things, it’s infectious 🙂 #SundayBest

  15. October 17, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    I’m sure you’ll adjust to your new part time working life just like you adjusted to SAHM life. Baba is a happy little boy – I’m sure he’ll love nursery and have all the teachers fawning over him! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • thefrenchiemummy
      October 17, 2016 / 5:38 pm

      You are so nice for saying that. It will be hard but I will do my best. thanks for sharing as well x

  16. Tracey @ mummyshire
    October 17, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Hi. Oh what happy moment and it’s times like these, the ordinary moments, that you just want to immortalise for ever as our memories do have a habit of playing tricks on us!!
    I understand your dilemma and feelings about being a SAHM, there are times when it seems relentless and lonely but these are made up for when moments like this happen!
    Have a great week and I’ve enjoyed meeting you via #Mmbc

  17. mummymiller
    October 17, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    I am in the same position as you, I go back to work in February part time, as apprehensive as I am I think it will be good for my son to go to nursery and socialise with other babies. I will really miss him on the days I work though!

  18. October 17, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Really good post – love that you are trying to be mindful about the positives of life with the little one and also totally get your angst about returning to work part-time. I teach 3 days a week and to be honest it is a juggle with marking etc but I am v disciplined not to do any work unless kids are asleep… I am also much better at prioritising tasks! Good luck! x #eatsleepblogRT

    • thefrenchiemummy
      October 17, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      thank you so much for encouraging me. x

  19. The Pramshed
    October 18, 2016 / 7:09 am

    I’m not a SAHM and have gone back to work full time. Eek! However one day a week I work from home with my daughter. It’s a challenge but I’m luck that my work allowed that and it also means I get to see my little one. Yesterday she took her first steps with her walker and it was so nice to see. It’s lovely when get capture the happy moments, keep those in your heart and minds as they grow up so quickly. You’ll be absolutely fine with the return to work, it’ll take a while to find a routine but you will get there. The lead up to it is worse than the event with all the thoughts and worries bubbling around in your head. Good luck lovely. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • thefrenchiemummy
      October 18, 2016 / 8:16 am

      Merci Claire! You are always so nice! Thta is so great you could see this important event! I don’t want to miss any of that. Thanks for reading and commenting x

  20. October 18, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Aw he really does look so happy bless him! I love capturing those little smiles & amused looks from the girls doing silly/simple things x #KCACOLS

  21. Winnettes
    October 18, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    It’s lovely to reflect every now and again. I’m sure he will be fine at nursery. He will no doubt cry… he will know this will make you sad and feel guilty, they are clever! Chances are, like most kids, he will have stopped crying as soon as he thinks you can’t hear him anymore…. again they are too clever! I hope you have a smooth transition back to work x

  22. marilyn1998
    October 19, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Do something special. Give yourself a standing ovation today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. “Like” someone in person today!

  23. October 19, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Aww I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your time with baba and I hope everything goes well when you return to work. It was strange at first for me being a SAHM, the biggest change was realising I couldn’t just spent money like I used to! I’ve never regretted my decision though. Thanks for linking up to #SundayBest x

  24. Amanda Norwood
    October 22, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Gorgeous photos

  25. October 23, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Ah he’s so cute! Fantastic that you’re revelling in these moments, but don’t worry too much…there will be plenty of them even when you’re back to work 🙂 #SundayBest x

  26. November 21, 2016 / 11:30 am

    Love the cheery picture at the end, such a cute little one! #livingarrows

    • Cecile Blaireau
      November 21, 2016 / 11:37 am

      merci x

  27. November 21, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    Love those photos at the top, he really does look pleased with himself! I went back to work part time after I had my son, and that worked well for us. Then I had my daughter and took redundancy right at the end of my maternity leave, and I’m really happy that it was the right decision for us. Hope your return to work goes smoothly. x #LivingArrows

    • Cecile Blaireau
      November 21, 2016 / 5:36 pm

      thank you so much for your kind words. I am sure it will be fine xx

  28. Donna
    November 27, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    I miss those days! The messy face, bowl on head, bowl on the food, messy hands days. The mess soon disappears and you realise they’ve suddenly become a proper little person and no longer a baby. I hope the transition back to work goes well for you – enjoy the next few weeks x

    • Cecile Blaireau
      November 27, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      merci x

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