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The Mothers of Reinvention: Reclaim Your Identity , Unleash Your Potential, Love Your Life by Barbara Machen, Jennifer Pate

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Chapter 2
Reinvent Your Expectations Mapping Out Your Reinvention
I had my first baby when I was thirty-six. I had every intention of going back to work full time once Cooper was three months old, and I followed through. I headed to the office with my breast pump, and the first day was glorious. For the first time since he was born, I felt like an adult again. I went out to lunch, and I pumped while I was on the phone (not that that was fun, but it gave me some freedom). I felt like a productive person in the world. Then came day two. The novelty had already worn off, and I was finding it hard to leave my son. I was starting to realize that this work–life balance I had always imagined would be mine might not work for me.
Shortly thereafter, ...

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