It's working for Sophia K
"I think after some time it's easier to gain perspective and enjoy the positive things in each role; a break from kids is nice, using my intellect is rewarding, being a good role model for my kids in a job I enjoy is beneficial, and being able to leave that behind and focus on my kids with renewed energy is also good for everyone."
You will do the best you can! Try your best at each role and things will fit into place. There is no way to know what decision is best sometimes, but we have to make them all the time. It’s okay to feel up and down about leaving a baby, that is natural. Don’t forget, they grow up quickly and then concerns and questions will be totally new.
Yes at times; my work situation has always been a bit different from the norm. After one child I stayed home for about 7 months, then I pumped at work. Second child I worked only part-time and pumped when at work. Worked from home with the third child and didn’t pump except a few times.
First child, 3 months’ maternity leave, then I went back full time for 2 months, then went to part time for 1 month, then quit for about 5 more months or so until I found a new job. Second child, I had a full 16 weeks off. Third child only 12 weeks.
I never thought about the difficulty in re-focusing on a job after maternity leave. Hard to get back into the swing of things, professionally. It’s also easy to worry and second-guess decisions.