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Blouse: Modcloth | Skirt: Forever 21 | Belt: Target | Blazer: Amelia’s Boutique | Earrings: This Enchanted Pixie | Shoes: Off Broadway

12 weeks have gone by WAY too fast.

Today is the day I go back to work… for those of you who don’t know, I work as a Consultant/Team Lead at a Healthcare IT company.  I travel the world going from hospital to hospital trying to help the Lab go paperless and manage a few associates as well.  :D  However, with my new duties of being a Mom, hopefully my travels won’t be as crazy as they used to be.  It’ll be quite the change being away from my little munchkin for 9+ hours, let alone Monday – Thursday.

In the first few weeks of maternity leave, I obviously needed the time to recover from just having given birth.  But I have to be honest, by 6 weeks or so, I was ready to go back to work.  Caring for a baby is not all sunshine, puppies and rainbows, I tell ya.  It requires a lot of attention and is HARD WORK.  Days are filled with feedings, changing diapers, crying, and lack of sleep.  It’s especially tough when you are trying to figure out the little guy’s cries and when he has growth spurts.  But most recently, things have turned for the better and I mean A LOT better, and I don’t know how many people have said to me but it’s true, THINGS DO GET BETTER!  The cries are easier to decipher, we’ve created a pretty great routine, he sleeps 5-7 hours at night, and we know how to make him smile/laugh (and no, it’s not gas anymore)!  But really, it’s the smiles and laughs that make it all worth it… to see him every minute, every hour.  :)  Oh how I’m going to miss him so.

P.S. The winner of the Goodmarvin giveaway is Tara Huff of The Happy Clipper!!  Congrats!  Will send you an email shortly!  :)  Remember, you can still use the code ALAMODE10 for 10% off your purchase through the end of March!

Have any tips for making it easier to go back?

65 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Collette Osuna
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    You are going to do great Sandy, I just know it. Its ok to need a little “me time” and to get back into the world of adults:) You will miss your little guy, but snuggle the minute you walk back through that door….hugs to you friend….:)

    June 1989 Jewelry Grand Opening!

  2. Chanel
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    Awww it’ll be okay! You’ll be happy knowing your are at work helping to make his life a little easier. :-) btw cute outfit!

  3. Suzy
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    Good luck, you look beautiful! You’ve got this! :) :)

  4. sooae
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    rockin’ it babe. you’re going to do awesome~ xO

  5. Ms. Megan
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    Lovely outfit Sandy!! I am loving that skirt!!! Very pretty!!

  6. phuong
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    so beautiful!

    Travel in Style

  7. Jenna
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Hope your first day back isn’t too tough! And as hard as it is, Baby A will be waiting for you when you get home :)

    xxx
    Jenna

  8. Kristen
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Aw, Sandy….I hope today goes well. I always tell other moms, that in my opinion, it goes downhill (easier) after the newborn stage. Other things are hard, but at least you’re not as sleep deprived.

    I love the pop of color on the belt…it makes your outfit!

    xo,
    Kristen

  9. Courtney
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    It’ll be an adjustment but it will also be fun I’m sure – and you look great (I love the yellow and grey combo).

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  10. whatever DeeDee Wants
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Good luck going back to work!

  11. Krysten
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    I’m sure you’ll do fine Sandy!

  12. My Dressy Ways
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    Already?! That’s a great outfit to kick off the first day in. Good luck!

    Being a new mom is filled with triumphs and challenges, but it does definitely get easier. You learn to let the small things go and know that you can’t foresee or fix everything. So worth the joy though!

  13. Chelsea
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    Looove this look! Good luck heading back to the office :)

  14. Georgianna
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    Well, you look absolutely beautiful and I love your back-to-work outfit! I hope it’s a very successful day for you. xo – g

  15. Sherry
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Love that outfit! Glad to hear Austin is sleeping several hours through the night. Isn’t it funny how everyone says “it will get better” and while going through it, it doesn’t seem possible. I rejoiced when Noah finally slept through the night. It’s amazing…as soon as it hits 10-11pm he is out and we can just lay him in his crib for the night! Good luck back to work!

  16. Shannon
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    You look fabulous. Love the colors on you. Very nice look for the office.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

  17. ElleSee
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    That’s a very cute back-to-work outfit! The smiles and laughter really do make everything worth it.

  18. yvonne
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    you had a long maternity leave!! 12weeks, jealous!! i only had 6 weeks and I know what you mean about happy to be back at work. Although it was tough leaving your baby, it’s nice to get ready and put make up on..and talk to adults :D

  19. annie_loo
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    It’s hard going back to work. I remember my first day back! Glad you are enjoying being back! I’m sure you’ll be refreshed once you get back to the little bebe in the evenings! Good luck!

  20. Emily
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    So exciting, you’re going to do wonderfully!! And you LOOK fantastic! :)

  21. Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia}
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    I hope work went well for you! Your outfit is so perfect. :)

  22. Jacqueline
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    Your outfit is soo cute! I love the skirt, very ladylike!

    Good luck on going back to work, girl!

  23. Dancing Branflake
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    Sandy! This is one of my most favorite outfits on you! Love love love!
    Going back to work? Oh goodness, I have no clue. I’d probably set up a baby cam haha!

  24. Sarah
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    You’ll be stylin’ at work! Is it silly that I’m already dreading going back to work and I’m only 6 months pregnant!? HAHA

  25. Mindy Harris
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    your outfit is so gorgeous! you are awesome, friend. i’m proud of you. keep me posted on how you’re feeling about going back. i just wasn’t strong enough, i guess.
    but now that the kids are 3 1/2 and almost 2, sometimes i want a couple days OFF.
    xoxo
    mindy

  26. Kristin
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    You look amazing…like you’re ready to rock and roll!

  27. Katie
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    Aww! Bittersweet being away from your little nugget but I can only imagine how hard it is taking care of him as well! I know all the moms I work with say that sometimes being at work is a break – oy vey! :)

    Despite all that, you look lovely as ever! I so, so need a pair of nude pumps like this – these look great!

  28. Julie Ann
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    You look so great! Love the turquoise belt. :]

  29. Thu
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    wow – back to work already? that was fast. I totally agree with how hard it is to be hard to take care of a newborn, but I missed them so when I had to go back to work! My youngest is turning 5 soon and I am starting to miss the baby smell, not sure if that is a good thing or not =)

  30. kat
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    such a beautiful and lovely look! :) i LOVE your belt!!! neon belts are the best :D

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

  31. Karen Davis
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    great outfit to head back to work in! (I have that skirt, and you have inspired me as to how to “wear” it!) and it seems like you’re transitioning into motherhood and what not, so sweetly :)

  32. Kirstin Maire
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    Wow that did go by fast!! I hope you had a good day back at work. I saw your tweet earlier about leaving early, that’s great! You look beautiful, I am in love with this outfit. The color of your skirt is amazing.

  33. Christine
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

    Aww I can’t imagine leaving a little one at home after being home with him 24hours/day!! I’m sure the first few days will be tough, but hopefully it will get easier for you and the little bambino.
    Beautiful outfit from head to toe!
    DelaChic

  34. JanM
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    It must be hard to come back to work after a hiatus. :( Hope you had a good day!

    Oh and I love your skirt :)

  35. Lindsey
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    Happy working! Love the outfit.

    -Lindsey
    Et tu, tutu?

  36. Mary Ann
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 12:19 am

    I’m lovin’ this mustard color – you look great and ready for work! ;-)

  37. Gracie
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    You’ve done a fantastic job Sandy. I think you outfit is awesome and I hope going back to work gets easier :)

  38. Kristina
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 2:08 am

    Unfortunately I do not have any tips… But, you look GREAT! and the skirt is simply fantastic! I hope you can manage work / motherhood well and that your travel schedule will not be as busy at it used to be! Great blog :)

  39. Miss Kwong
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 2:56 am

    wow, very pretty and office-appropriate!
    i love it.
    following u now!
    hope u will do the same.

    Follow me on:
    Miss Kwong – Art and Fashion

  40. Miss Kwong
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 2:58 am

    oh. i’d love to follow u but i can’t find the buttons! :(

    what should i do?

    Follow me on:
    Miss Kwong – Art and Fashion

  41. FASHION TALES
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 3:12 am

    You look great! This outfit is so inspiring and artistic. Hoping that your first day and week back at work will be fantastic, and easy to get into the swing of things. Love the belt.

  42. Connie
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 3:22 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog & commenting! I’m sure you can handle both work and taking care of a baby :)

    Btw, I can’t seem to follow you by goggle connect?

    Visit my blog again if you have time *HUUGG*

    snowyscorner.blogspot.com

  43. Kathy
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 5:12 am

    You are so cute!! Newborns really break you in quickly to the selflessness that is parenthood:) I wonder how much is harder because of our physical and emotional state after something as traumatic as labor and growing a human. Lack of sleep sure doesnt help. You will feel better and more yourself a little more each day over the next few months (or year:)

  44. Katie
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    good luck going back to work!! you look beautiful! I love the blazer and skirt!! Hope everything goes well and the transition is easy!

  45. Dawn {The Alternative Wife}
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Hope you’re first day back wasn’t too hard! Good news is, you look fabulous and ready to take the world by storm. :) xoxo

  46. Girl & Closet
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    YOU look fabulous!! I adore this outfit Sandy, and I just might have to re-create it… also all the best on going back to work!! xo

  47. katrina
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    i love love love this skirt!! i saw it at f21 downtown last week and they were all out of my size :( It looks fabulous on you, though! love the way you paired it with the blazer.

  48. Holly
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    So glad things have got better with lil’ A! :) You look great! LOVE that skirt!

  49. Punctuation Mark
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    you look fantastic… hope getting back to work has been good to you!

  50. Beth @ dot...in the city
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    you look great, Sandy! I’m sure being a mom is hard work! Hope you had a great first day back :)

  51. ilene
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    i adore this outfit! that skirt is awesome and i admire you so much! love you!

  52. Katherine Toyoko
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    Your outfit posts always make me so jealous that I have to wear a very strict uniform to work! Some days it is nice to just put on one of the five identical work tops that I have and be on my way, but it also means that I only have two days a week to dress how I want!

  53. Lindsey
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    I love your blog! Thank you for your lovely comments. Congrats on having a little one and getting back to work, I can only imagine how tough it is to juggle everything but you are proof that a woman can be successful and a great mom at the same time! Love your outfits, the way you write and your photos. I’ll definitely be back frequently! xo

  54. Nuha
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    you look great Sandy! I hope your transition to being a working mom is an easy one

    http://nuhasofiyan.blogspot.com

  55. sandi
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    i love your outfit, you look beautiful! i hope your first days back to work go well. happy weekend!

  56. Katie
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    Absolutely beautiful outfit, my dear! You look great!

  57. Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

    Cuuuute outfit!! I hope your first day back at work went well!

    Audrey
    http://www.puttingmetogether.com

  58. Jana
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    I had decided to stay-at-home all along & I remember at 6-8 weeks thinking work seemed pretty nice, but you are right…things get easier! It’s so nice to be able to decipher most of her cries & watch her giggle. I am so glad everyone was right!! :)

  59. Meanz
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    Sandy, you look beautiful! I love the mustard skirt and your teal belt. So lovely, my dear!

  60. Rhianne
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    I was about to say good luck, but I’m a few days behind, so instead, I hope it went well love. You look great too, I adore your skirt!

  61. Jennifer
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    You look darling! I adore your skirt! Hope you’re enjoying being back at work :0

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  62. Lisa
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    Amen, newborns are tough! We had it rough too. I stayed home about 3 months, and secretly enjoyed the relief of going to work. Now that we’re all a little older and wiser, I do miss him a lot but I know he’s well taken care of in daycare. Cute work outfit!

  63. shirley
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    Your yellow skirt is adorable. It’s so impressive how you juggle three jobs at once (mom, IT consultant, and blogger!)

  64. Kayti Clayton
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Love this outfit! So cute!!

    kayti.clayton@yahoo.com
    kaytiii.blogspot.com

  65. Megan Lane
    Mar 31, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    What a GORGEOUS outfit!! You definitely returned to work in style!

    P.S. my hubby has a conference in Kansas City in the fall and I will most likely be joining him :)

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