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    27 Struggles Working Mums Know To Be True

    No, we can't have it all.

    1. Going back to work is something you start to dread pretty much from the day your baby is born.

    2. Looking for childcare is straight up terrifying.

    3. The first morning you drop your kid off feels like losing a limb.

    4. A short but effective cry on the way to work is to be expected.

    5. Although a hot cup of coffee and an adult conversation are nice for a change.

    6. Sneaking glances at your phone pics throughout the day will keep you going.

    7. But you worry that your child is calling someone else mama at any given moment.

    8. Missing milestones, like first steps, is a sad fact of your working mum life.

    9. A voice inside your head accuses you of paying someone else to raise your kid.

    10. Nothing is more frightening that seeing the name of your childcare provider flash up on your phone.

    11. You feel guilty that you’re not going to be the one to kiss bumped knees and wipe away tears.

    12. Even if you’re in the office for fewer hours or less days, your workload remains the same.

    13. The weeks – and weekends – fly by even faster now.

    14. Your commute is the only “me time” you ever get.

    15. Holidays are no longer for actual holidays.

    16. And childcare = germs = lots of sickness.

    17. The only way to get dinner on the table is to start planning over breakfast.

    18. Even if the weather forecast is on your side, hanging out a load of laundry at 7am rarely ends well.

    19. Online food shopping is your saviour.

    20. In the evening, there’s a good chance your kid will smell like another woman’s perfume.

    21. You can get over it though.

    22. You spend a good portion of Sunday evening planning for the week ahead.

    23. Sometimes you envy stay at home mums.

    24. Bedtime, and its cuddles, is suddenly sacred.

    25. Weekends are so precious you can’t fathom doing anything other than hanging with your family.

    26. Bank Holidays give you life.

    27. Juggling motherhood with your career is tricky, but on good days you feel like Wonder Woman.