I'm going back to work next week.
That wasn't the original plan. The plan was to take 12 full weeks off, meaning I'd return on January 25. I'd have two and half more weeks off, then return full-time, starting on a Monday and working a full week straight out of the gate. As that date drew nearer, I started to panic a little. It seemed so... drastic. So abrupt to go from 12 weeks off to BAM! full time. So earlier this week I proposed the idea of using my last 10 FMLA days over the course of four weeks. I quickly pulled together some logistics, and now I go back to work part time next week.
Drum won't start daycare quite yet. He'll stay home with family while I'm at work the next two weeks, and then he'll attend daycare three days a week for two weeks before starting full time after that.
I know this is the right decision - part of me is even eager to return to work - but I also have a pit in my stomach about the whole thing. I would feel that way no matter when I returned, and it would likely be worse if I was returning full-time and sending Drum to daycare full-time right away.
This is a better plan, it lets us both ease into things a little bit, but damn, I feel sick about it.