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Sprout | Maternity Leave

Maternity Leave... This is one thing I'm not really stressed about through this whole process and I'm not because of how it's all going to work out.

Basically, I'm planning on working up until the day I deliver.  If it goes as it should and I (by some miracle) deliver on Saturday, June 4th (my due date), I will work until Friday, June 3rd and then be off.  My work allows for 8 week paid for maternity leave, which is a godsend and I plan on taking every day of that leave.

The best part is my husband will be off the ENTIRE time with me because he'll be on summer break!  We couldn't be more fortunate to have this time together and I know it will be immensely helpful to have him around all the time instead of just 1 week or 2 weeks or 6 week as some husbands get.

He will also be around AFTER my maternity to leave too, because summer break won't be over and this will allow for Sprout to be home for a total of 13 weeks before he would go to a sitter.

I have thought about staggering my return to work.  I know that everything will be okay and it will be emotional no matter how I do it, but staggering just seems like it would have better flow for me.  I'll write more about that as that time approaches. For now, I'll dream about delivering on Saturday, June 4th and spending quality time with my little baby boy for 8 solid weeks!


I hope you deliver exactly when you want to! That would be wonderful.

I'm two weeks away from returning to work...


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