When I returned from maternity leave, I worked part-time for one month. A combination of days off and work from home days made the transition back to work a bit easier, more gradual. Working part-time also gave me a glimpse into the possibility that I could manage most of my job and get to spend more time with my kids! So I approached my boss about working four day a week on a permanent basis. To my surprise, the change took a lot less convincing than I thought it would.
So now I am working my normal 8:30am-5:30pm schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (and bringing home 80% of my previous salary). And I'm spending Wednesdays with my kids!
Today is my first Wednesday at home. Only time will tell how the shift at work will go, and to be honest, the change has me anxious and feeling a bit more stressed than usual. But I know for sure that I am looking forward to spending more time with Buddy and Kat. I am excited to get to do a few of the activities that I've enviously heard stay-at-home moms talking about - story time at the library, mid-week trips to the zoo, art projects that take more time than I had on busy weekends.
More on this change soon, but for now, I'm going to go enjoy it!