This website and blog marks my return to work from Maternity Leave after having my beautiful daughter Lily in May 2012. I love being a Mommy and I also enjoy my day job as a Multimedia Developer who specialises in E-Learning. Returning to work after having a baby is difficult. Logistically there is the getting-you-and-baby-out-of-the-house-on-time-and-not-forgetting-anything to get used to. Emotionally you have going-out-and-leaving-baby-with-nanny-and-grandad-for-the-whole-day to deal with. Then there are the feelings of can-I-still-remember-how-to-do-my-job-after-seven-months-at-home?
While it’s still not easy to smile and wave as my Husband and I leave Lily with my parents every morning (not always on time, and usually forgetting something e.g. a pair of tiny socks), when I eventually arrive at the office it turns out I can, thankfully, remember how to do my job quite well. And after the first few weeks it feels almost as if I have never been away. There are some exciting projects in progress, some of which may feature here as the weeks go by, and I am really excited to see how they turn out.
So now, I dare to think about my own professional development and future … and there is a plan. Not one to be content to stand still for long I have re-kindled my work on my CMALT Portfolio which was previously put on hold when the morning sickness kicked in last September. This blog will sit on my website alongside the portfolio I will eventually submit for for validation as a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology. In the short term “The Plan” involves getting a draft of the competencies based portfolio ready by Christmas. That gives me 6 working days plus one weekend. Ambitious? Perhaps, but who said having a plan was easy?