First of all, let me make this clear, the corporate life ain’t for me. By now y’all know that my aim in this life is to be a housewife and I ain’t ashamed to say it. Let us stop looking down on that role. I see myself as a stay at home mum who has a side business that gives me ample time to be at home for my family. With that being said, being a career woman and resuming after such a long maternity leave has been the H-A-R-D-E-S-T ever! Like, I don’t even know where to start from. I was away for a good 7 months because les twins and I needed that much time, first of all, to wind down and prepare myself for the task ahead of me and secondly, to have enough time to learn about the twin mama job. I secretly wish in Ghana we could take up to a year off WITH PAY, I dare stress on that. Three months is too short. Apparently, by law, if you have a CS, you are entitled to an extra two weeks. Did y’all know this? If not, go back to your HR and claim all your days, especially those of you with plenty children like me, lol.
I looked forward to my maternity leave so badly, as if I was going on a holiday. I completely shut my brain down from all things related to work. Don’t worry, I love my job. I only updated myself on the ‘konkonsa’ going on. Please don’t judge me. I was not the type who got bored at home and looked forward to going out or working to take the stress off. I have come to love staying at home. As much as I like going out to eat and visit friends, these twins “forcefully” taught me how to sit at home. As my resumption date started getting close, I dreaded going back to work. Why am I not my own boss? Why don’t I have some trust fund somewhere to fall on? My mind was racing and thinking of many job opportunities that will allow me to be a professional housewife. Alas, I had to quickly remind myself that until my husband is stinkingly wealthy, the school fees won’t pay itself and so I must psyche my mind for work. Sigh. It’s a hard-knock life.
I had a tall list of things to do before resuming work but the most important ones were to lose weight and start the boys on solids. First of all, my snap back game had to be on-pointest-point to the point finale of the period dot. Look, I had to look peng. I didn’t want to resume still looking pregnant and not being able to wear a straight dress. Judging from how big I became during my pregnancy, that baby weight needed to fall off. I signed up for 9jafoodie’s LIN Dress Down challenge and that saved my life. I already had her plans and so I started eating healthier and I must say, with discipline, determination, the grace of God and the fear of being fat, I lost all my baby weight and I even surpassed my pre pregnancy weight. I have had to alter all my clothes and I’m loving it! My husband’s toys seem to be decreasing but ain’t nothing squats can’t fix 😜. Las las butt and boob implants will come to the rescue 😝. It seems to be the trend among our youth today; I ain’t judging.
24th June finally came and when I entered the office with my straight dress against my short hair, what, come and see fans. Stop! Kaa ya gy3n (don’t go there). I collected fans like they were spraying me money at a Nigerian wedding (tu gu me so). ‘Aww congratulations’, ‘eeii you had twins’, ‘wow’, ‘wow you look so good’, ‘how did you lose all that weight?’, ‘I love your hair’; and so on and so forth. Trust me, I live for these moments. I had achieved my aim of snapping back, wearing a straight dress and collecting fans. I deserve some accolades; I paid my dues😎. I didn’t sit down too. I went round on all four floors to greet everyone and as soon as I entered a wing, the stares and the smiles made me feel good! I didn’t do any work-related activity that day. Productivity, zero! In all this fine girl life, I now went to wear 3-inch heels to elevate my status. Châle, I realized that I needed to revisit my heel-wearing training because my body hadn’t yet adjusted to that. My feet were aching at the end of the day. I haven’t worn those heels to work again, well, for now.
Settling in at work and having to juggle family life took its toll on me. I haven’t been this exhausted mentally and physically in my life before. I’m up by 4 am because now the boys sleep by 6 pm, I have to get them ready and see to their food for the day, get myself ready and leave home for school drop offs and get to work in time. For the first few days, I was just dozing at my desk. Thankfully, I get to close at 3 pm till they’re 9 months. Even with that, as soon as I get home, I’m busy till they fall asleep. Once I put them down, my small madam also requires her full time attention from me before she also sleeps. By the time I’m going to bed, I feel drained and weak. I started getting headaches and generally feeling unwell. Motherhood… I needed a break and time away from my family badly or else I would have broken down. The Lord being so good, the school went on break for three days before summer school started and my husband too had to travel for work. Quickly did I call grandma extraordinaire to help me, to which she willingly obliged. I packed their bag and baggage and shipped them off to her. Trust me, I didn’t miss them and I ain’t ashamed to say it. You can judge me for all I care 😝. I called my mum to check on them and the first thing she said was, “come for your children.” 😂😂😂 The joy of sleeping alone, not having to hear crying babies and having the whole house to myself was pure bliss. I felt so refreshed and energized. I was low key scared being at home alone though.
I thank God for a job that pays me on a regular and family that I can call my own. This past month or so after resuming work has been challenging getting back into the groove of things but God is faithful. We shall survive. Until my millions come rolling in, let me go and iron my straight dress for work…😉👍🏽