So much for maternity leave? I was scheduled to go back around the first of the year. An opening came up for December 15th at daycare and I reserved Baby's spot. That meant I had 11 weeks of maternity leave and can ease Baby into daycare with the time off around the holidays.
Well, all that changed.......
There is one other attorney in my office who handles domestic cases like me. He has suffered a serious medical emergency and was admitted for surgery late last week. He is still hospitalized and will not be released for quite some time. He will be unable to work through the first of the year. So not only do I have to take my cases back over, but I now have to cover his stuff too.
As I referenced yesterday, the attorney's son works in my office as an attorney too. Obviously the son wants to be with dad, so he is travelling back and forth to stay with Dad and Mom near the hospital.
Another attorney's child was admitted to the hospital with a very serious infection from some hardware she had inserted about a year ago. I guess when you put screws and pins in your body, it invites infection. This mother is out of the office as well.
So with half the office down, the other half is scrambling to cover things. That includes me. I am going to have to work considerably more than I hoped. Luckily Baby takes a long nap most mornings and I can go in with him. I also have a floor full of assistants that don't mind holding Baby some.
I'd really like five more months of maternity leave. Or my original 5 more weeks of maternity leave. But I guess that's not an option. On the positive side, I'll be getting paid (I'll insist on that).
Edited to Add - I am fortunate to work where I do. It's a family atmosphere and we all pull together to do what needs to be done. The partner whose work I'm covering tried really hard to postpone things until I returned. But his health wouldn't permit. He feels bad asking me to cover for him. But I know that were things reversed, he'd gladly do the same for me.