I've been struggling with this decision and could use a second opinion (or third).
I've never been pregnant before, and just found out last week. I think I'm about 3 weeks now. Definitely planned; we wanted to have a baby now. The unplanned part is that I had been pursuing a job since August and am close to receiving an offer. I previously worked for this company for five years and in fact my would-be-boss is 6 months pregnant herself. (I worked for her during her first pregnancy, and another former co-worker is due in 2 weeks, so I know it wouldn't be a bad place to work during pregnancy.) It's not the best with flex time, but the overall benefits are great. Basically, if I were to start in January, I would earn 12 weeks paid maternity by August.
Now, here's the catch. The commute is an hour away. Right now, my job is 5 mins away. I get to come home during lunch (DH would be staying home with the babe once born), and being close to home would allow more time together during the day/week for bonding/breastfeeding, etc. Each morning, I'd have about 1.5 hour additional time to sleep or do other things than I would if I took the new job.
The reason I'd consider leaving my job is that I'm not challenged. I've only been here six months, but I was overqualified from the get-go, I'm bored to death, and there is no room for growth. Co-workers are also a pretty unmotivated group (close to retirement) so it's very stale. My current boss knows this (she is great and I'm honest with her). She just doesn't know what to do with me to give me growth...it could be months/years before I move up. The new job opportunity was basically made for me. In fact, they recruited me from the moment the position became availabile.
The challenge I have is that I've never been pregnant; I don't know how my life will change by being pregnant and having a baby. I don't know what to expect from my body - energy or strengthwise - or if I'm going to get sick in the next few weeks/months. It's all foreign territory. What would you folks do? I'm fully planning on going back to work full-time once the baby is born, but that could feasibly go out the window too.
I'm having such trouble navigating this decision to the point where it's causing me anxiety. I'd hate to take the new job and find out in a few months that I'm too exhausted to do the commute and take on the new responsibilities. Then, there's the anxiety over telling them I'm pregnant. On the other hand, if I'm going to be working, I want to have a job that I'm excited to go back to after my leave. And my current job just does NOT excite me. I spend the majority of my work day on Mothering chat boards and pregnancy sites. I know it sounds easy, but I'd rather be home doing nothing than the work I'm doing now.
Thoughts are welcome.