A good friend went back to work last week after almost four months home on maternity leave.
Her husband is a wedding photographer so he is able to be home with the baby during the week. (I guess he’s editing photos during the week and shooting on the weekends and at night.)
Her husband posted photos and videos of the baby on the mom’s Facebook page during the week to help comfort her.
In one video, he interviewed the baby about being home with Dad. He asks her what she is doing? And she just smiles and babbles away. And then he asks her “Is everything going OK with Daddy?” She smiles and babbles. Then he says, “So mommy shouldn’t feel bad about going to work. You’re OK.” And she just smiles and keeps on talking.
In another photo, he showed her holding her bottle feeding herself. The mom wrote back my baby is now 14! (She had been nursing. I’m not sure if she is pumping now or how she worked it out.)
I have another friend who said she watched the video feed from her childcare facility constantly while at work. I think she wanted to make sure everything was on the up and up but also enjoyed seeing her baby.
So as a new mom going back to work do you want to see photos and videos of your baby while you’re gone? Does it comfort you or make you miss the baby more? Is it different if they are in a childcare setting where you can watch video of the workers taking care of your child? Have smartphones changed the experience of going back to work? What are other tips to help new moms adjust to being away from baby?