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New mom Ivanka Trump clearly doesn’t have to work -- but even with a brand new baby at home, it seems she can’t resist the lure of popping by the office. The Donald’s daughter -- who has tweeted little else besides baby-stuff in the eight days since giving birth -- posted on Twitter this week, “Ventured into the office for a few hours today but raced home to see Arabella this evening. I'm already experiencing separation anxiety!”
Of course the “story” of Ivanka’s office visit was picked up by several celeb sites, with some people speculating that she's already back at work, happy to dump her newborn in the nanny’s lap on her way out the door. That’s certainly not what I got out of those less-than-140 characters.
Some moms I know view giving birth as a blessed break from the rigors of nine-to-five employment. They joyfully enter the all-nursing-all-the-time sleep-deprivation zone, snapping pics and catching up on Glee without a care in the world as to whose finishing up those loose ends at the office or if that new project ever got off the ground. They effortlessly block out everything not baby-related -- except Twitter and Facebook, of course, because how else are you going to share every burp and giggle?
This works for some people -- but I certainly wasn’t able to do it. It's not that I was afraid of “losing my identity” (or even my job as a writer -- also not a concern for Ivanka, who works for dear old dad); it was just that not using my brain made me feel antsy. And babies do sleep a lot. Maybe not enough to pen the next Atlas Shrugged, but enough to let this mama burn off a little mental steam.
I never felt like my work time was taking anything away from my (sleeping) babies; in fact, I am pretty sure it’s what helped me stay sane. If popping by the office gives Ivanka a little mental health break, then more power to her. And if she wants to spend her days basking in new baby gurgling, pondering nothing else than the time to the next feeding, then that's great too.