Work and play, side by side. Right here on my to-do list it says I need to write about my Month 3 Maternity Leave Strategy. But there are so many other things on that to-do list that talking about doing seems less important than actually doing.
The big issue surrounding my maternity leave is that time is running out. It scares me, the looming deadline of my return to steady employment. I'm supposed to be answering big questions about what to do on February 1. Instead, I'm ignoring that date entirely because I don't really like any of the options in front of me.
Any of the practical, realistic options, anyway.
I cried a little bit the first day I brought P. back to daycare after having her home with me for a week and a half over the holidays. So I don't want to even have to think about putting H. into childcare.
The big, ugly reality is this: we can't afford two in childcare (oops) and our current provider won't take another baby, anyway, so we'd have to transition P. over to another caregiver that would likely be more expensive in an unfunny cycle of work-daycare-money-work-daycare-money-work-daycare-money-etc. because there's not enough freelance income coming in at the moment to make it a non-issue.
This is one of those challenges I feel like I'm dealing with all on my lonesome so I'd welcome any and all insight from near and far.