It's working for Jennifer N
"Don't assume you can keep up with your old work habits! I'm too exhausted these days to work at night . . ."
Don’t assume you can keep up with your old work habits! I used to stay late and work at night- I’m too exhausted these days to work at night and since we need to pick-up by 6pm every day, we have to negotiate who stays late at work. We each get maybe one or two days a week.
I wanted to breastfeed and it worked for me so we went with that. It was the most convenient and the cheapest.
With my first, I took 12 weeks. With my 2nd, I was out for 10 weeks but then was part time another 4 months and with my 3rd, I was out 10 weeks. I wish I had stayed out longer with the 3rd. He’s the last and I enjoyed that leave the most. Take your full leave if you can. The organization is going to survive without you.
I was worried about the money mostly–how to pay for daycare.
During my first leave, my boss was a parent to young children herself and had just come back from leave when I got pregnant, so she was very sympathetic and helped me figure out scheduling and pumping logistics.
That the juggle was going to be so hard and was going to keep changing. My oldest is 9 and in some ways, he needs more than the 2 year old. My school-aged kids have multiple activities while the little guy just goes to daycare and comes home everyday. His schedule doesn’t need to change.