It's working for Melissa Labriola
Silver Spring, MD
My husband also received two months paternity leave so we had coverage for the first six months of my daughter's life.
I thought everything would stay the same after having a child but it doesn’t. So I would tell myself, get ready. There will be no more brunches and movies in the theatre. Instead your weekends will be full of children’s museums and playgrounds. It will be great, but different.
Money. And I was finishing up my doctorate so there was no question — I was going to work.
There were several new mothers on staff so there was a room our workplace made for us that served our needs. Also my daughter’s daycare was a block away so I would walk over and feed her there.
I had four months leave and three months of it were paid. My husband also received two months paternity leave so we had coverage for the first six months of my daughter’s life.
Very difficult. I will always say that childcare is the hardest part. Piecing it all together is impossible. We were constantly having to adjust our daycare situations based on the kids, commutes, and other needs.
As soon as I got back to work.
As a working parent, I never thought parenting logistics would be so hard and maintaining my work identity would be so much easier!