As of this week I have been back to work for 1 month. The time has flown by! I was really anxious about returning to work. I liked my company (and my boss) a lot but I wasn’t super excited about my position. I didn’t want to put Levi in daycare. I didn’t want to be away from him all day. I didn’t want to feel like I was missing out on his milestones while I was sitting in an office doing something I didn’t love.
As the weeks of my leave dwindled down I was dreading the day I had to reach out to my boss to start discussing my return. So much so that he reached out to me before I reached out to him. Fortunately I have a really awesome boss. Even before I left for maternity leave I had a candid conversation with him about my feeling about my position (I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it) and my desire to work from home upon returning from leave. So when we started having conversations about my return to work none of my feelings were a surprise to him.
After hearing my concerns my boss presented me with some possibilities and went back to some of the decision makers in my department to see what we could work out. I ended up with 2 options. Ultimately I returned to a position I had worked in previously and enjoyed (let me geek out with spreadsheets over working with clients anyway!) working from home on a part-time schedule.
So far things have been great. I have a great setup in my office. My office mate is kind of chatty but I can’t understand a word he says. I do have a babysitter a few hours most days and get plenty of work done at nap time too.
I have bi-weekly calls with my boss and this arrangement seems to be working well for everyone. I feel like I have fantastic work-life balance. I’m not missing out on any of Levi’s milestones and I get to see his smiling face when I need a quick break.
I am so thankful to have a boss that I feel like I can be honest with and a company that is facilitating my career goals and work-life balance. I am enjoying being back to work, talking (okay, IM-ing) with my coworkers and keeping my skills sharp and continuing to develop new skills.
I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me as a professional and a mom.