(Closed) moms who have returned to work – what makes sense?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: returning to work after maternity leave...what should i ask my boss for?
    request an additional month of unpaid leave, then return to work full time : (3 votes)
    18 %
    request to return to work as scheduled, but work half time for the first week or two : (11 votes)
    65 %
    both (you only live once!) : (2 votes)
    12 %
    neither (please explain below) : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I went back to work super early for financial reasons. My daughter is home during the day with my husband so my circumstances are a little different, but it was still extremely hard to leave her. My first week back to work I eased into it by working a few hours each day. It didn’t make it easy, but it was more bearable to leave her for a few hours as opposed to a full day. If your mom is going to watch him for a little bit when you go back I suggest easing into things by even taking an hour or two to run errands or do things away from the house so you get used to being away from him for even short amounts of time.

    Post # 4
    2161 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    If you can afford the extra month off, I would do it.   I think it would be so hard to go back so early, big hugs to you. 

    Post # 5
    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I went back to full time work at 8 weeks.  The week before that I would spend an hour or two at my son’s daycare each day just watching or leaving him for an hour to get coffee or run an errand.  Just enough to get a feel for it but not too much that I’d get too anxious.  It really helped me in being able to go back to work.  For the options you described, I’d suggest option 2, part time for a week or two and then back full time.  The only reason I’d suggest that is that it doesn’t get any easier to leave them.  Especially as they get older, they get more interactive and fun and it just makes it harder and harder.

    Post # 6
    1763 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I went back at 8 weeks part-time. I went in one day the week before for a couple of hours to catch up on emails and paperwork. I thought that worked out well so you could adjust to being gone and pumping  (if you are BF).

    Post # 7
    828 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I plan on doing the same as CutiPie, Darling Husband is planning to stay with the baby during the day because he can work from home, so I’ll go back to work as early as I possibly can – but I’ll go back half days to start. I’ll be back to full time at 8 weeks though, because that’s my company’s policy. 

    Big hugs to you – I hope they approve one of your scenarios and that you’re comfortable with it. I can only imagine how hard it will be. 

    Post # 8
    2030 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I went back to work full time at 12 weeks, but I work near the daycare center so every day at lunch I went to visit my son for about 20 minutes for the first 2 months. This allowed me to nurse him at lunch and to bond with his caregivers. Seeing the daycare “in action” made me feel much more at ease about the care he was receiving.

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