Hey there my friends!
Love that your pet peeves are similar to mine. We agree that slow walkers are the worst!
I am officially in the last week of my maternity leave. It’s the end of an era. And yes I define era as my leave
The last day I worked was the day before Thanksgiving. Holy heck that was a looong time ago. About 17 weeks!
Before getting pregnant, I really had no idea how long maternity leave was or how much was paid etc. What I discovered is that my company is absolutely fantastic with their leave allowance and living in Cali makes the deal oh so much sweeter!
Here is the breakdown:
- 4 weeks prior to due date = full pay+ (work full pay + additional + Cali contribution = about 130% normal pay (which is to cover the taxes I’ll have to pay in from later pay))
- 6 weeks after birth = full pay +(work full pay + additional + Cali contribution = about 130% normal pay (which is to cover the taxes I’ll have to pay in from later pay))
- 6-12 weeks after birth = partial pay (Cali contribution of approx $1k/wk for Paid Family Leave (PFL))
- 12 weeks + = no pay, but intermittent leave
So that equals 16 weeks plus the Thanksgiving holiday plus an additional 6 weeks Cali FMLA unpaid time off.
The latter is something that I debated on taking and have finally determined I will take, as it will ease the transition of returning to work and also allow me to save a day’s pay for the nanny each week (or 2 days, depending on what I choose).
This time off has literally flown by. The first 4 weeks before Sawyer was born were busy getting everything ready and also planning for the holidays. The first weeks after my bean arrived, was a lot of figuring out the whole motherhood thing and hosting our many family visitors. The last 8 weeks or so have been like a vacation – no lie!
The soybean and I wake up to smiles and leisurely feedings. I get chores done around the house. We go for our daily excursion like the coffee shop or meeting up with our mommy friends. We take afternoon walks with the dog. And we spend our evenings with daddy and our weekends going to restaurants, wineries, shopping, etc. Really, I couldn’t ask for a more fabulous experience with my baby.
To say I am going to miss this face is a huge understatement:
But there is also a large part of me that is ready and excited for my return to work.
- I miss being able to exercise my brain.
- I look forward to seeing my coworkers and the rigor of every day work tasks.
- I am ready to take on a challenging project or two.
- I will appreciate the balance that work will bring my home life.
- And I also cannot wait to have a routine again that will instill some discipline and regularity in my eating and exercising. I plan to use our company gym a few times a week to take advantage of the bean being with the nanny to get in my workout.
- And those unpaid days off, yeah, I’ll enjoy every minute I have back with my precious boy
Any advice into how to best get back into the swing of things?