So today was my last day at work. I have just gotten home after what turned out to be a chaotic day and I can't quite believe it's all over.
I was completely terrified about my last day for some reason. There was a part of me that was sad to leave work behind and a part of me that couldn't wait to walk out and forget about work for a year. But I think most of all I was scared because I knew things would change once I started maternity leave. Even though my job is secure until I return next year, it won't be the same when I go back. I will have a child to think about and I will have to juggle my career and my family. It's all very daunting.
Despite my worries, the day was wonderful. I arrived in the morning (armed with a mountain of cakes for everyone which went down well) and my desk was covered in decorations and some little gifts from people.
At 2pm, my boss gathered everyone from the office to present me with a huge card, a load of gifts and a massive flower arrangement! I was shocked and close to tears as I opened the presents in front of the entire department of about 40 people. I got baby clothes, stuffed animals, baby cutlery & plates, a piggy bank, and a charm bracelet. I felt a little embarrassed opening presents in front of a big group of people. It felt like I was 10 years-old opening birthday gifts in front of my school friends, but it was over quickly and everyone was really nice. I was truly touched with the effort everyone went to for me.
At the end of the day, I kept feeling like I had things to do or that I was forgetting something vital, but my boss made sure I left on time and ushered me out the door with a big wave. I promised to visit the office with the baby at some point once I have figured out the whole motherhood thing.
So now the only thing left to do is to wait until the baby comes...scary!