Bristol Palin has left her one-month-old daughter Sailor Grace for the entire day for the first time since her birth, in order to head back to work.
The 25-year-old held her newborn in a car seat as she posed with her seven-year-old son Tripp Johnston for an image she shared on her Instagram page on Monday morning, while revealing to her followers her sadness at having to leave her baby girl behind.
‘Back to real life today! I was fortunate enough to take the last month off to stay home with my babies, today marks the first time I’ve left SailorG, but I could not be more thankful she’s in the best of hands!! [sic],’ she captioned the family photo.
Family photo: Bristol Palin shared this snapshot of herself posed with her son Tripp, seven, and her daughter Sailor Grace on Monday to commemorate her return to work a month after giving birth to her baby girl
Pretty in pink: The 25-year-old shared this precious photo of Sailor Grace in her pink car seat a week ago
In the image, Bristol is wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black pants, taupe ballet flats, and a chunky gold necklace. Her hair is pulled half-way up while her Louis Vuitton bag sits open in front of her with her water bottle peeking out.
Tripp, her son with her ex-boyfriend Levi Johnston, is pictured in a neon green Nike sweatshirt, camouflage cargo pants, and red Nike sneakers, presumably heading off to school, while Sailor is bundled up in her pink carrier with only a bit of her head peaking out.
And while some people may think one-month long maternity leave is too short, Brisol’s mother Sarah Palin only took three days off after her youngest son Trig was born with Down syndrome in 2008.
Despite her reality show and appearances on Dancing with the Stars, the daughter of the former Republican vice presidential candidate has apparently been working at Dr. Michael L. Cusack’s office at Alaska Dermatology Laser and Skin Cancer Center in Anchorage for years.
In July, Bristol took to Instagram to share a selfie from inside her office in honor of her six years working with the company.
Longtime gig: Bristol, who works at Alaska Dermatology Laser and Skin Cancer Center in Anchorage, snapped this selfie in July to celebrate her six-year anniversary with the company
Look of love: Bristol is overjoyed over the loving bond that her brother Trig (left), who has Down syndrome, has formed with her newborn. There mother Sarah Palin only took a three-day maternity leave after Trig was born
‘Celebrated six years working for the best people I know .. This place is my home (I actually have a job) #shocker [sic],’ she captioned the image, which sees her baby bump beginning to show.
Bristol’s mother Sarah revealed that she worked at the office in 2014 in a Facebook post celebrating her graduation from Penrose Academy’s esthetics program in Arizona.
‘We’re happy for her to have finished this challenging, rewarding academy; and now she’s ready to be licensed in “all things skin”, which is what she’s always wanted to do,’ Sarah wrote.
While working at the dermatologist’s office, Bristol filmed her 2012 reality series Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp and competed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars in 2010 and during the ‘all-star’ season in 2012.
Bristol’s reality show appearances may have left some to believe that she is a stay-at-home-mother, but according to her Instagram page, she is a working mom with a fulfilling career as an esthetician.
So proud: The mother-of-two, who is an esthetician, graduated from Penrose Academy’s esthetics program in Arizona in 2014. Her mother, Sarah Palin, shared this family photo that year to celebrate
Side job: Bristol can be seen shooting a rifle in a scene from her short-lived 2012 reality series Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp
Moving and shaking: Bristol competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2010 and again in 2012 for the show’s ‘all-star’ season. She is pictured with her partner Mark Ballas in 2012
However, the mother-of-two is also mourning the loss of her great-grandmother Lena Andree, who passed away last week.
‘5 generations under my beautiful great grandma Lena, rest in paradise we love you GG [sic],’ Bristol wrote while sharing an old picture of her and her sisters Willow and Piper with their father Todd’s grandmother last Wednesday.
Bristol, who often shares photos of her children and family adventures on Instagram, announced her daughter’s birth on social media on December 24 with a photo of her cuddling her newborn in bed.
‘My sweet Sailor Grace was born yesterday, our family couldn’t be more complete,’ she wrote.
Meanwhile, Brisol’s ex-fiance and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, 27, shared his own precious snap of the mother with her newborn on his Twitter account on Christmas Eve, after months of speculation over whether he is in fact Sailor’s father.
Five generations: The mom shared this old photo of her (far right) and her sisters Willow (far left) and Piper (second from left) with their great-grandmother Lena Andree after she passed away last week
Overjoyed: Bristol announced the birth of her daughter in December by sharing this photo on Instagram, however, some believe the baby was actually born on November 4 because of the date scribbled on her IV line
Broken romance: Bristol got engaged to marine Dakota Meyer (pictured), 27, in March, but eventually called off their wedding. They are now in a custody battle over Sailor Grace
Although Bristol has never personally confirmed who fathered the newborn, she had strongly suggested that Dakota is the child’s dad, writing on her personal blog in June that she had believed she was ‘heading towards’ a ‘bigger family’ and ‘more kids’ during her relationship with Dakota, adding that this feeling had caused her to ‘get ahead of herself’ and get pregnant.
However, Dakota is now being forced to take a paternity test as part of the former couple’s increasingly bitter custody battle over her new baby.
Court documents seen by Daily Mail Online reveal that Meyer’s bid for joint custody in a suit filed in Kentucky and Alaska has stalled pending the results of the paternity test. A question has also been raised over the actual birth date of Bristol’s baby.
The Instagram photo posted by Bristol announcing the birth of Sailor on December 24, places the birth date one day earlier. The date of birth on court papers filed in the custody case is also given as December 23.
But the same Instagram picture posted by Dakota with the caption ‘Best Christmas present ever!!’ reveals a detail whited out in Palin’s account – the date scribbled on her IV line.
There, in black and white, is a date that appears to read November 4 – placing the birth almost two months before Palin claimed.