It's Working Project

"Hoarded leave and saved up funds ahead of time as my job provided no maternity leave beyond any accrued sick/vacation days and I couldn't afford to go totally unpaid."

What is one piece of advice you wish you could offer your former expectant self?

Finish school and get your finances in order first.

How much leave did you take, and how comfortable were you taking it?

About 4 mos. for each child.

How easy was it to put a childcare arrangement together and did it work for your family?

A royal, costly pain. Eventually worked out.

What was your biggest challenge going back to work?

Chronic sleep deprivation and the cost of childcare.

Who was your biggest source of support in returning to work? What was your biggest pregnancy indulgence?

I’m lucky to have good teammates in my workplace. We try to help each other out.ity

Fill in the blanks: As a working parent, I never expected ____ would be so hard and ____ would be so much easier!

How shockingly expensive childcare would be.