Last pregnancy, I was working from home and my boss was totally fine with me just letting her know when I thought I could come back. I started working part time at about 3 weeks. No troubles.
This time, new employer, outside the house. I am TRYING to convince them to let me come back part time for a period of time before full time. They are expecting full time. I know lots of people do it and survive just fine, but I am not sure I can be one of them.
Baby is due in early March. 7 weeks later, DH will be home for the summer. If I went back part time then, and worked through the summer (when my job is slow anyway) I could go back full time in Sept when the kiddo is 6 months old. Work is less than thrilled with this idea. Their expectation is that I return full time ASAP.
Recently, they've started talking about hiring a part time person to make up for my maternity hours and a co-workers extended vacation. I work at a non-profit and we HAVE to work a certain number of hours to keep our grant funding. We wrote a grant saying we'd work # of hours during the grant period, and we have to actually work that many by the end of it. I wasn't there, but apparently there is no room for maternity leave, vacation time, etc. At least, not the way the employees actually need it.
So, I need to figure out how many weeks (unpaid, benefits COBRA) I want before going back full time. I think I've already laid out clearly my transitional part time preference, but I need to give them a hard number for maternity leave before full time work.
How long did you all take? Was it horrible? Doable? Better than you expected? I already have a DD who will be 18 months when the babe is born. Was going back to work after #2 really that much harder?
Also, I might have the option of working from home again. The work is unfulfilling, and I find myself very difficult to live with when my work is so mundane. I am a better wife and better mother with my out-of-the-house job. But maybe in this instance the benefits of staying home outweigh the financial and emotional costs?
Sorry if this is blurry, vague, or difficult to understand. I am a tired, pregnant, unsure mama.