Enter in to a dilemma.
I didn't know how to respond! I, obviously, hated returning from maternity leave so badly I stayed on it permanently. I wrote about my experience returning after Carter's birth, but I never wrote about Gabe's. I think it was insanely different because I knew there was a *very* good chance I wouldn't be working for much longer. I think it ended up being only one month longer. Yippee!
The summer of 2010 is when I had Gabe. I took 8 weeks off with Carter and decided to take the whole 12 with Gabe. During this time I said to Marc, "I cannot and will not return. I can't do it. I can't work. I can't be away from my babies. Do something." And by golly he did it! He immediately started contacting folks and setting up meetings. A hop, skip, and jump later it was official, we were moving. HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! I was so proud, and happy, that my man was able to make this happen. He was willing to start a new job and move his family so his crazy, kid obsessed wife could live out her dream.
At no point did I worry about the move or the new job. I knew this is what I was born to do. And lemme tell ya, I was not a girl that was dying to get married and have babies. It actually grossed me out to think about something growing inside of me. Ewww. Luckily I got over that and have two adorable kiddos.
So my 6 month review is about to come up and I am very interested to see how Marc, Carter and Gabe assess me. I hope I've made them proud. There are definitely some hard moments, hours, days, but overall I think only one day did I think, "man, being at work would be so much better!" Sure I miss dressing up sometimes, wearing cute heels, shoot I even miss make up some times! But there's something so delicious about wearing comfy clothes all day, a ponytail and seeing my kids laugh at each other. And I did just observe Carter writing on herself with a purple pen. Can't say I ever saw that in Human Resources. HA!
Please send out good vibes so I can pass my review. Here is a link to my one six months ago - http://teampatrouch.blogspot.com/2010/10/performance-reviews.html
Maternity leave, I love you. And yes, I consider this a permanent maternity leave. Maybe I'll return to work one day, maybe I won't. Only time will tell.
Kel, I hope you are adjusting well! Your daughter is beautiful and you look super happy! Congrats on your awesome family!
How about you? Did you look forward to returning to work or did you want to stay at home?!