In England mothers get 1 year of maternity leave. 9 months of that is paid (by the government) and the final 3 months is unpaid. You can take as much or as little as you like (birth mother must take the first 6 weeks to recover from the birth and to breastfeed if desired).
We also have the option to transfer a portion of that year to the baby’s other parent.
We decided to do this the moment we found out I was pregnant. Of course we always intended for Stacy to carry our third baby and when that didn’t happen we wanted her to have some time off work to enjoy the children.
2 weeks ago my leave transferred to her and she is having 4 months off!
I am doing 3 days a week at work and more if they need me to cover the shortfall in earnings. I am finding it a bit difficult as I am still doing all of the night feeds (breastfeeding) and she wakes at least twice each night. To then get up and go to work is a bit of a shock to my system lol.
Stacy has grand plans for her mat leave. It was obvious to me from the moment she started forming these plans that she believed she would have endless amounts of ‘free time’. Oh how I laughed. She has taken on an allotment, she has house things she wants to do, she joined a gym and a pilates class! Oh I do jest, but actually as I am home for some of the week she is going to be able to do some of these things. She has taken on doing more of the cooking as well to mixed responses to me. I do like to be on control of our diet and the dinner choices. I am a very fussy eater ( I don’t like carrots Stacy!!!).
She is enjoying doing the school run and pick up. It is nice for her to get to do some of the more mundane take for granted parts of motherhood that the working parent usually misses out on.
I am expressing milk at work and that is a weird experience! Getting your boobs out in a strange place and getting them to let down is all very uncomfortable. I have found that a large slab of chocolate helps. I have noticed a drop in my supply since I stared working more as well. I only pump once during work hours and at home Cleo would have had 3-4 feedings during the same time period. Obviously boobs work on a supply and demand process and I have to work hard on my home days to produce enough to satisfy her. I am using Domperidone as a result 😦 Not sure how long my GP will let me have that for either.
It is nice having her here more ❤