Lori Mihalich Levin’s book, Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave, should be required reading for all new mamas. Mom of two and creator of Mindful Return, an e-course and blog for moms heading back to work after baby, this woman knows her subject. I encourage you to purchase multiple copies for baby gifts. (Full disclosure: your’s truly is quoted in the book about after-baby fashion.) What I find interesting is that Lori mentions more than once that she was able to feel her way through the return to work after her first child, but it was the second one that really put her over the edge. (Aside: Oh my do I concur!)
My point is, this book is good for all new mamas, not just first-timers. My boys are 3 and 5 and I found so many useful nuggets of information in the book that apply even now. Please support yourself and a local DC author by buying yourself a copy of this book on Amazon Prime right now. The book is also available on Kindle. One of my favorite quotes is about what does and doesn’t “have” to get done in the house. Can you believe I used to spend an hour every morning after I dropped Max off at childcare straightening my apartment? And that I couldn’t go to sleep with dishes in the sink? Oh the sleep I could have gotten! You smarten up when the second one comes, if only because you literally do not have the time to adhere to your neat freak ways. The only solution, which is not an option for most of us, is to hire someone to be in your house 24/7 to clean up the constant messes. If you want to get over your OCD neatness, have children. Trust me, it works.
Don’t just take my word for it, see what Dana Bash of CNN has to say about Back to Work After Baby.
“This book is what every new mother needs, but just doesn’t know it. It is a must-read for practical reasons, with invaluable coping tips, and for emotional reasons, reminding us women that we are not alone. There is a sisterhood out there, and Lori’s book gives permission and a path to tap into it. Bravo!” – Dana Bash, CNN Chief Political Correspondent
Have you read Lori’s book? What did you think?
Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 15 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Are you looking for professional training to be a personal stylist? Click here to learn how you can train with Lani at The Stylist Studio.