Before I went on maternity leave my former manager gave me a piece of advice: he said it's very easy to lose "Kate" and become "Mum" instead. I've now been a Mummy for nearly 7 months, and I think he was right. I think I have lost who I was, but you know what? I love being a mummy.
I'm happy (most of the time) with my new life, but in a little over 4 months I go back to work and I suspect that after the initial "Welcome back, how's your baby?" questions, people aren't going to be that interested in my new specialist subject: Baby M. Being a mum is the hardest thing I have ever done, but going back to work is going to require using my brain in a way that hasn't been required of me since I learnt to function on so little sleep.
Going back to work is not going to be a return to my old life, rather the beginning of another new chapter. I am gradually getting my life more organised, starting to use my brain again and making sure I continue to treasure every minute with my beautiful baby.