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I'm back from ETERNITY leave

by Maggie O'Mara

Bio | Email | Follow: @maggiektvb7


Posted on August 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:09 PM

Hi there everyone! Today was my first day back at KTVB after maternity leave. My co-anchor Doug Petcash likes to call it "ETERNITY" leave. I've been gone for 3 months, which felt like an eternity for him! Poor guy. 

I have to admit I was pretty darn nervous last night. What if I forgot how to anchor the news? Can I still do my job? Will my alarm go off? Will I oversleep? Will my clothes fit? Those thoughts were running through my mind most of the night! High anxiety, indeed. I remember feeling all the same things after my first pregnancy. Everything worked out. This was baby number two - why was I feeling this way?

Cash and Phoebe

It could be because I've been at home with my new baby girl and my toddler son for three months now - basically wearing sweats (or even my pajamas!) and no makeup. My goal on a daily basis was to keep them alive, healthy, safe and happy. That, and to take a shower before my husband came home from work. Blow drying my hair, or actually getting dressed in a real "outfit" was a luxury. Ha! I'm serious. New moms out there know how tough it can be when you have little ones. I admire all the women out there who are lucky enough to be full time moms. It's the best job there is, and the hardest. Certainly, the most rewarding! I loved and cherished every minute of it. Shower or not.

Phoebe, 3 months

Working (outside the home) moms know how hard it is to leave your newborn and return to work. I had a good cry over it last night, and prayed for a good day today. So far so good. I woke up on time at 2 a.m., got showered and dressed in the dead of the night, kissed the husband and babies goodbye without waking them up, got to work on time, and anchored the morning show just like I always have. My work clothes fit. That was a bonus. It's true what they say, going back to work really is like riding a bike. It all came back to me. Thank goodness.

My babies are in wonderful hands with my husband in the wee hours, and then when he goes to work, they spend a few hours with my best friend. I've already checked on them, and they are having a great morning. That doesn't mean I'm not counting the hours until I pick them up at noon. I am! I feel truly blessed to have a wonderful job that allows me to be home with my kids most of the day, and I work with amazing people. Example? Today, my KTVB family sent me a bouquet of flowers to welcome me back! How sweet is that? 

So, I'm back, and ready to tackle it all - like so many of you do! Work, a husband and two kids. I may not sleep much, but I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth. See you all tomorrow morning on the news, and each morning after that. Life is good.