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Going Back to Work After Baby with Nicole Pica and Once Upon a Time Creation

From the Experts: Going Back to Work After Baby with Nicole Pica

We are so excited to bring you this new blog series…From the Experts!

Here at Once Upon a Time Creation, our mission has always been to support your love of family as you treasure special moments, both big and small. I love to hear the stories behind your cherished keepsakes and understand, through all of you, that each stage of life presents us with new challenges. As life twists and turns, there is always a new experience that keeps us on our toes, reminding us that the more we know, the more there is to learn.  I truly believe that “it takes a village” and that we are all in this together. 

To support you in those big events and small moments, we are partnering with experts in their field to bring you advice on topics relevant to today’s family. We have a fantastic line-up in store for you starting with a post many can relate to…Going Back to Work After Baby.

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us,


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Going Back to Work After Baby

You had a baby…how wonderful!!! You now have an adorable, snuggly, perfect, precious little person to take care of; what an amazing feeling!! You’re flooded with immense joy and love for your little one and you don’t necessarily want to leave them. What should you do? Some women take a 6 week maternity leave, some may take an extended leave and some leave the workforce for a few years. Some women don’t have a choice, as their financial situation requires them to return to work almost immediately. Women that have a choice still struggle with what that choice should be.

Having a baby is a life changing event and many women face uncertainty and difficult decisions in their professional future. While you’re out of work, here are some things to consider:

Don’t disappear. I know, sometimes the whole day goes by and you realize you haven’t even had a chance to brush your hair, how are you supposed to keep in touch with people? Even though you’ve just been robbed of 23 hours of your day and you’re functioning on little sleep, continue to grow your network and make it a point to keep in touch with colleagues, clients and other members of your network. It’s important to keep this cohesiveness going particularity if you’re taking an extended maternity leave. Set up a lunch date or phone call and bring the baby along…who doesn’t love babies?!

Stay up to date. Continue to keep up on industry news. One way is to follow LinkedIn’s pulse for articles published by various professionals. Plan an evening where you can set aside some time to create your own post so you can contribute to industry news and remain an active player in your field. You can also follow news, companies and individuals related to your industry.

Take care of yourself. There are days when you feel like nothings getting done and you’re pretty much walking through tar all day. No matter how draining the day is, you want to take care of your body and soul. Staying motivated can be difficult with the time constraints on your new life, but even just a few minutes a day can keep you on point. Find support amongst other new moms in the same situation so you don’t feel so isolated…have a laugh and a cry with them.

Challenge yourself. Challenges are beautiful opportunities for growth. There is no challenge too little. If you’re working out, throw in an additional 10 push-ups, run an extra mile. It may not seem like much, but you’ll be mentally rewarded for going the extra mile (pun intended). If you’re reading a book or have been meaning to research something, take 15 minutes before bed to do so.

Take inventory. We all know how your body changes after baby comes! Double check your work clothes and make sure they fit! Instead of buying a new wardrobe, consider purchasing a few belly bands (if you don’t already have them), they run about $12-$15 each. Utilizing the belly band will allow you to add adjustments to your pre-pregnancy outfits. Consider your new schedule and think about any adjustments you may have to make to your routine, such as packing your lunch, getting a shower or prepping your coffee at different times now.

Give yourself a break. It’s going to be a tough transition that will probably bring you to tears. You just spent practically the last year attached (literally) to your baby. Leaving him/her is not easy. Try to look at the positive though (paycheck, hot coffee, you’ll most likely be able to finish your lunch and you’ll definitely be able to go to the potty alone). Your baby will be back in your arms before you know it. Consider starting back to work mid-week instead of on Monday so you only have a few days till the weekend. If you’re having a hard time take some pictures, tissues, and a baby blanket with you to work. Don’t feel guilty for working.

Going Back to Work After Baby with Nicole Pica and Once Upon a Time Creation

Nicole Pica is a Career Strategy Advisor and the Founder of Reinvent U, LLC. She works with individuals seeking to enhance their marketability, develop their brand, and obtain a new career opportunity. Nicole is a former staffing consultant and has been involved on over 130 separate hiring decisions. In addition to career planning, she uses her background in biology to create methods of change that focus on well-being and stress reduction for those in career transition.

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The Best Baby Shower Gift

A new baby is the most special thing in the world. A new life is beginning and it is time to celebrate! You are looking for a great baby shower gift that is both meaningful and useful that will show how much you care. You want to give something fabulous, but what?

Here is a baby shower gift idea that covers all the bases…thoughtful, functional, and beautiful! Since presentation is half the fun, the “wrapping” for this baby gift is the best part.

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The great thing about this gift is that it can be scaled to meet your needs by not including everything or adding other gifts. This is all about what works for you!

You may think this is a bit backwards, but we are actually going to start with the box. It’s the best part! The “box” you wrap your gift in is your “something meaningful” and will become the keeper of memories. Select a pretty storage box with a lid (either heavy cardboard or fabric covered). You can normally find a cute one at Home Goods or use the link below to shop on Amazon.

So the parents-to-be know that this special box’s purpose is to hold precious memories, here is a poem for you to print out on card stock and glue onto the inside of the lid. For a clean, finished look, you can trim it with ribbon or cut the paper with patterned scissors. Not thrilled about gluing? It can also be hole punched and attached to the top of your gift with ribbon after wrapping.

An empty box, what could it be?
I thought it was a gift for me!
Although this box is not what is seems,
It’s empty now…but oh the dreams.

 Your child unborn will soon arrive
And begin her life with wonder and strive.
While striving to walk, heel to toe
The baby shoes they soon outgrow.

 Baby teeth so white and new
You must save them Mommy, for they are few.
A lock of hair, a teddy bear
These precious items you cannot spare.

 And while growing, left behind
Are cherished things you’ll want to find.
So here’s an empty box for you
To keep these things a whole life through.

When baby is grown up and gone,
Your memory box will carry on.
The box you saved at last complete.

All the memories, some sad, some sweet
Will stay close to a Mother’s heart
As your little one was, right from the start.

New Mommy will be so grateful to have a special place to save baby treasures.

Now let’s fill the box…

Loveys are always at the top of the list. The Lovey you give will probably be the one thing the new baby cannot leave the house without, helps them sleep, and provides years of comfort and unconditional love. My favorites are the ones that are a small, cozy blanket fabric attached to a cute little animal head and arms. There are so many choices…bears, dogs, bunnies, and you can find them everywhere or have them shipped to your door.

Whichever Lovey you choose, buy TWO! It is inevitable that one will be dropped, forgotten, or left on a plane (not saying I did that or anything). Since the companies discontinue and change the designs almost every season, it is next to impossible to buy an extra after six months. Please save new Mommy a bit of heartache and buy an extra from the beginning.

Books are next. Just a couple to get the collection rolling. Board books are great as they can be used right away, are colorful, fun, and easy to read. If you are not sure what to buy, the classics never go out of style…Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Love You Forever. Or choose an author with a nice set like Sarah Boynton, Eric Carle, or Dr. Seuss.

A stuffed animal or character ice pack is great to throw in. These are packs that can be refrozen, but they are hidden inside a cute little outer casing. An ice pack is something you don’t need until you need it and you would never think to buy one ahead of time. Putting a cute little bear on your head is a lot more comforting than a bag of peas. You can usually find these at your local pharmacy, Babies R Us, or shop online (the link is below). I also like to include a rattle, small toy, or tether.

Teether by My Buddha Babe

If you are looking to go above and beyond and support a local small business, you may like these natural teethers and these gorgeous handmade booties.

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Adding a personalized gift to the basket gives it an extra special touch. You can’t go wrong with a hooded towel monogrammed with the baby’s name or a custom keepsake created from baby clothes or t-shirts worn by the parents-to-be.

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Now it’s time to put it all together. To make the gift box look fantastic, crumple up some brown craft paper at the bottom and cover it with tissue that matches your box. This will boost everything up a bit so it sits well for display. You can wrap all the gifts, some, or none. It is up to you and any way you decide will look fantastic. Tying the whole thing together with a coordinating ribbon holds the lid onto the box and adds that finishing touch.

Enjoy your baby shower!


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Fabric and Cardboard Boxes


Books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Good Night Moon, Love You Forever

Board Book Box Sets: Sarah Boynton, Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss

Character ice Packs and Small Rattles and Toys