work and parenting

Katie is getting everything organized and planned before her baby is born. When I was pregnant with Amy, I intended to go back to work and let Doug be a stay-at-home Dad. The day before she was born, I was asked to send out condolences to a man whose infant died and then let everyone on a coalition know about his loss. That upset me tremendously and I really felt someone else should have done that job. Then, while I was in the hospital in labor, my supervisor called and asked me to type up minutes for a meeting that I didn’t attend. My first week at home with Amy, he called and asked me to do some e-mails, agendas and other paperwork for him. My second week at home, The company VP called and told me they wouldn’t be reimbursing my expenses for the past month because I missed the deadline while I was at the hospital. My third week at home, the company told my supervisor to tell me that I was expected to be at an out-of-town event for a full week when my baby was just two-months-old. At that point, I gave my notice that I wouldn’t be returning. It was just too apparent that they were not going to be flexible about my new baby’s needs. Maybe I was just looking for excuses to quit so I could stay with my baby. Either way, I have no regrets. When I do go back to work, I think I’ll avoid mental health social work, even if it is what I know best. Katie is stronger willed than I am. She will come up with a way to make it work AND write a book about it.

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