How far along are you? 22 weeks, 3 days
When do you plan on going on maternity leave? When I go into labor? - Reading that this is the plan of so many others makes me feel a little less crazy
Upcoming appointments this week? No
Any new symptoms or changes? Nosebleeds are back, which is more of an annoyance than anything else
GTKY: What steps have you taken at work to prep for maternity leave? (Interested in everything from HR paperwork, finding/designating maternity cover, or just like, cleaning your desk or files.) I’m due at a pretty hectic time in my work cycle, so we’re slowly starting to get a plan in place. I’m, more or less, the only one my office who covers my area. There is some overlap, so hopefully people will be able to step in and help out where possible. I’ve been offered 8 weeks of leave, then back in the office part time for the next 3 months, but I really don’t know how realistic of a plan this will be. I know I am still going to be getting emails regardless of things that can’t really be passed off on others. Starting 2 weeks after my due date, there is a 2-week lull between projects. So that is probably the only relatively uninterrupted time I can count on for now.
@Katie______ - I know last year when my coworker was pumping and we were on a cross-country flight (direct), she had the window seat and pumped while there. She said it wasn't a full pumping session, but it was enough and she wasn't uncomfortable. When we got to our destination, she did a full session. Her supply never tanked.
Also, this is anecdotal, but I've heard of a shipping service for pumped milk so that you don't have to worry about it unfreezing and going bad (if you plan to save it). I fully plan to find out about this service and use it next March when I have to do the cross-country trip again (my job does it every two years).