Post # 1
EDD for baby #1 is 10/19. I am nervous to tell my boss (waiting until after first us on 3/13) because we have one huge event each year that is my responsbility to plan. This year was my first year planning it alone and although mangiable there is A LOT that goes into it. My boss is the type that she has all these grand ideas that she wants implemented but she makes sure they are implmented by someone other than herself, which is fine, but I am so nervous to tell her for next year’s event, which will be in February, I will be on maternity leave for pretty much all of the crucial planning time. She has planned this event herself before with a help of the committee and interns so it won’t be totally out of left field for her but I know she enjoyed not having to hardly do anything this past year that I think it will hit her hard. DH told me that I shouldn’t stress, she knows that this was the next step for us and if she gets upset she gets upset. It’s life.
Should I worry? I plan on doing as much as I can before I leave and getting stuff organized so it will be a swift process when I am gone. I just can’t help but feel really bad for not telling her about it now and just the whole situation in general.
With that being said I will also be asking her if I can go down to PT hours after I come back from maternity leave. This will not come as a shock to her because we have already discussed it to some extent and she has commented that she knows I won’t want ot work FT once a child is in the picture.
This is kind of a two-fold post…I am looking for some thoughts on MWF schedules and TWTH schedules. I feel TWTH would be more productive because it is back to back days and the perks of having a long weekend (and NO Mondays!!!) and I’ve had someone mention they have found a lot of child functions within their communities are on Fridays and other mom’s have Fridays off so it makes for a nice time for play dates. If you had a pick what schedule would you choose?
Sorry for the long post! A lot on my mind 🙂
Post # 2
I would not worry. It is what it is and there’s no reason for you to stress about it. They will figure it out.
I would choose Tue-Thur schedule, hands down. Long weekend, Monday and Friday off. Yes, all of that. No question here.
Post # 3
Do not stress. Live goes on. People have babies. People leave jobs. People get sick and can’t work. And guess what, the world keeps turning and people figure shit out.
I’m not trying to downplay your importance to the company, but I’ve been in the working world enough to see “we can’t live without them” turns into “we’ll figure it out” pretty quickly when there are no other options.
Having a baby at least gives them a huge chunk of time to prepare. If they can’t get it together by the time you are off, that’s on them. You’re responsiblility is to leave it in as good of a place as possible when you have your baby and then spend your maternity leave taking care of your little one. Do not worry about them. They’ll be fine.
Post # 4
Also, could you do Monday, Tuesday, Thursday schedule? That way, you get a bunch of stuff done at the beginning of the week when most people are the most productive, and then pop back in for one more day before the weekend. I work from home Wednesday and Friday and in the office Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and I find this schedule works great with the collaboration I have to do.
Post # 5
She cannot do anything about when you get pregnant and then when your maternity leave falls. They’ll just figure it out! 3 days a week of work is perfect, I honestly don’t think it matters what days you take although I’m an advocate for making sure you work on Mondays every week so you can check in at the very beginning of the week and get projects going for the remainder of the work week. I don’t think you can go wrong with what other days you’re there. It will also depend on your childcare situation and who can watch your LO of course.
Post # 6
I agree with pps that a Tuesday through Thursday schedule sounds like a good thing. I would probably not tell anyone about the pregnancy until after the first trimester. So much can go wrong. I know that’s easier said then done.
I have a good friend who told me about it early(a couple of months ago) even though her hubby made her promise to keep it quiet until after her ob appointment, but seriously she was so excited . Thankfully everything is going well with her pregnancy, buy I understand why her hubby wanted them to wait.
Post # 7
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I wouldn’t worry about your job either- I think most employers get it 🙂
Also I would DEFINITELY choose the TWTH schedule. Lots of baby events are on Fridays and this way you get longer weekends too!