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looking for thoughts on this...if you're a working mom and have had an extended leave with your child (maybe for maternity leave or a really long vacation) or can offer any thoughts...

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bpmom
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Re: looking for thoughts on this...if you're a working mom and have had an extended leave with your child (maybe for maternity leave or a really long vacation) or can offer any thoughts...

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Take the time off, enjoy your not-so-baby boy and don't worry about going back until that first January morning when you have to do it.

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Such good advice.
I had 4 months off with DS#2 so we kept DS#1 home with us from daycare. It was FANTASTIC.
I have to admit, when I went back to FTWM and had to drop them both at daycare, I was more upset leaving the older one. Chat Icon He and I were best friends and I was going to miss all his moments throughout the day. (Don't get me wrong - leaving the infant in the center was rough, too, but I think older DS and I were more attached to each other -- he had just turned 2yo when I returned to work).
My case isn't typical - I ended up resigning after only three weeks back, and then I saw the end was near so that made everyday easier. But this will be time with Luce that you can NEVER get back. And what a great time of year to have it -- you can go celebrate the holiday season, enjoy each other, and not rush through anything.
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Posted 10/7/11 4:41 PM
 
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maryb
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Re: looking for thoughts on this...if you're a working mom and have had an extended leave with your child (maybe for maternity leave or a really long vacation) or can offer any thoughts...

i have had some similarities with my son (now 2 1/2) i was off nov - through the summer and just went back to teaching.

my son was great and we had the best time together. he actually missed my husband each day!!! being with him and sharing our time together, he also wanted my DH there... he was so clingy to DH as soon as he got home, and played with him the second he got home. DS was fine all day with me or my mom.. so hopefully your child will also be ok all day. I think once they are toddlers and realize we go to work and are home also, of course they would choose for us to be home...

maybe, if you can, have someone watch your child for an hour or so each day. Begin a little seperation so it wont be soooo hard, for both of you... Im sure everything will be fine.. They love their independence and bounce back much faster than we do ..

everyday i come home from work, i have my DS at the front door jumping up and down yelling "mommy is home" - it makes me soooo happy.. and then he tells me all the things he and my mom did that day - soooo cute

GOOD LUCK

Posted 10/9/11 8:28 AM
 

fdnywife
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Re: looking for thoughts on this...if you're a working mom and have had an extended leave with your child (maybe for maternity leave or a really long vacation) or can offer any thoughts...

Its never ever easy, but you do what you gotta do. I stayed home with my daughter until she was 1 year and 4 months. I also pulled my son who was 2.5 from preschool for a year. There just comes a time in every childs life when mom and dad need to work. In a day or so they will be fine. Just remember when you babysat as a child, sometimes the kids would cry when the parents dropped them off and 5 minutes later they were as happy as could be. Just enjoy the time you do have. Chat Icon

Posted 10/9/11 8:33 AM
 

KennysMommy
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Re: looking for thoughts on this...if you're a working mom and have had an extended leave with your child (maybe for maternity leave or a really long vacation) or can offer any thoughts...

I just spent the entire summer with DS then returned to work in Sept. He was totally fine with the transition.

Posted 10/9/11 8:37 AM
 

Rycois
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Re: looking for thoughts on this...if you're a working mom and have had an extended leave with your child (maybe for maternity leave or a really long vacation) or can offer any thoughts...

Everyone advised against my keeping Ryan home with me when I was on maternity leave with Colin for nearly 4 months. I pulled him out of daycare and honestly, he was FINE to go back - 7 months later when we started Colin. If there was a day or two of a transition I don't even remember it being hard.
Enjoy your time with him.
He's just at a clingy age. Colin is hit or miss every morning - he's super attached to me and some days he would go right to join his friends in daycare for breakfast, and others he would climb me and scream for me not to go. I just assure him I'm coming back and we get through our days.

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Posted 10/9/11 9:12 AM
 
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