Michelle went back to work full-time when her twins were 18 months old, and the transition held a few surprises.
My name is Michelle. I'm an early childhood educator and I went back to work full-time when my twins were 18 months. [MUSIC] My boys are joy to my life. They came in unexpectedly. And I just love them, and I just wish that I could spend more time with them. You know, it is sweet having twins. But at the same time, it's double everything. [MUSIC] It was bittersweet going back to work, because in a mother's mind, no one can do it better than mommy. The emotional aspect of me going back to work [MUSIC] Was like this cuz I didn't know what to expect. I had a lot of anxiety even though they were home with Daddy and he was hands on. [MUSIC] My husband works at night and he'll work to the wee hours of the morning. He had picked me up from work and he'll say his goodbyes. SO now it's mommy and the boys time. After doing this for weeks on end, and weeks turn into months, it's like this is good. This is good for me. [MUSIC] When I did go back to work, I was like wow [MUSIC] I came home and they're okay. It gives me time for myself. Even when I take the train to work. I'm there meditating. Whether it be if I want to read a book. Or if I want to listen to my iPod. I'm great. I just love it. And I didn't think I'd feel this way but I do. So for the women that choose to stay home, I commend you, I applaud you because I did it for 18 months and it's a lot of work. It's 24 hours. You're working when you're sleeping. But then there's women who need to go back to work. Whether it be for financial reasons or for their emotional sanity. And, it's okay. Nothing is looked down upon. You know? So I think, that's the beauty, and I think as women we are living in the day and age where we do have a lot of choices. [MUSIC]