Let me start by saying that I am very fortunate that the company I work for has both Paid Pregnancy Leave (paid) and Child Care Leave (unpaid) for mothers. However, as a first time mom no time would be enough “baby bonding” time.
I’ll be returning to work next week and am preparing myself for a hypothetical nervous breakdown. Tomorrow I’ll be having photos of my peanut printed so I can have them framed on my desk … as if this takes the place of 8.5/5 I’d have with my little one. Of course I enjoy my job [and am very good at it] but my job as a mom will always come first.
I never expected this in my life and now understand the dilema that some of my mom and dad friends experience(d). The reason I specified some is because there are some parents that love their time away from home and classify it as “me time” being away from their child(ren) even if it’s just going to work every day. Personally, at this moment in my child’s life, I cannot fathom it being in any way whatsoever a good thing to be away from my baby. I mean, really? He’s only 3 months old. The concept of a mom spending 24/7 with their baby for the first 3 months of their life and then suddenly *poof* goes away to a full-time work week is admittedly strange. No time would ever be enough though, the trick is just to make it work. And as a working mom I will find work/life balance but will still fantasize that we live in a fairytale world 🙂