“You’re taking the full 12 weeks!?” This was the common response when I was asked how much time I was taking off to be with Baby London.
Debating how much time to take off was a hard decision for me. I was performing the best I ever had and momentum was strong. I was thinking of only taking eight weeks, but after speaking with other working mommies I was convinced to take the full 12 weeks. “These are times you’ll never get back”, they kept telling me. I’m so glad that I listened. I’m fortunate to have a boss that has the same family values that I do.
My 12 weeks of maternity leave have come and gone. It has allowed me to bond so much with my daughter. She is the light of my life and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. We made so many beautiful memories. It was challenging at times but we got through it.
Although I’m so sad to be leaving my baby to return to work…I love what I do. I’m excited to see what I’ve missed but sad I won’t be there every waking minute of the day. I strongly believe to be the best mother I can be there needs to be balance. I vow to always be present in her life. To support her and love her the best way I know how. Now it’s time to turn the page and start a new chapter. All great things come to an end and I’ll cherish this time forever. God is good.
Mommy loves you London Maria.