I'm taking 6months . I get very upset at the thought of going back to work. I am due back to work in June. I have the option to take an extra 16 weeks off but this is with NO pay In my wildest dreams I couldnt even afford it so back to work I trot.
Only tonight I posted a thread about my childcare dilemma... I'm so torn childminder v Creche. My little girl is not demanding at all, I cant stand the thought of my baby just being left in a chair all day while I'm at work I know this can happen in both someones home and creche!!!!
I'm taking 9 months, with 1 month of that taken before she was born, and going back 3 days a week....I would like a bit more time off but it doesn't fit in with my training (as a GP) plus I want to try and squeeze another one in before I qualify and if I don't go back for long enough I lose my maternity benefits!
I took 9 months on SMP, 2 months unpaid and a couple of weeks annual leave which I have to use before I go back, so it will be almost a year.
I'm starting back on 12th April which is coming up far too soon! Not really looking forward to it partly because I don't want to leave LO and partly because I've been off so long I feel like I've forgotten how to do my job, plus they've changed the system we use so I'll have to learn it all again. I'm dropping a day though so will have Fridays and weekends off so at least that's something.
Originally was meant to go back when he was 5 months but couldnt do it so put it back to 9 months, still couldnt face it so I'm now a SAHM and so lucky that we can manage. I'm hoping to be able to stay home until he starts school when he is 4.
I have no family that could look after him as they all work so all my wages would go on childcare so no way am i going to do that! ( I was originally returning to uni so would have been worth going back so i could qualify even if i didnt earn any money. )
Official paid maternity is 11 months it finishes in sept. but I'm going back to uni finishing my education and that's distance learning so I'll get extra time with my Lo whilst doing my degree so I won't be returning until next year x
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