I am. I'm happy to go back to work after 12 weeks maternity leave (I say that now) and when I do, DH will be home with the baby 3 days a week (working the 2 other weekdays) and either my mom or a nanny will cover the other two days.
I work for a fairly small financial firm in middle management. My compensation is about 60% salary (which we live off of) and 40% bonus (which we are saving for a house), so the amount of my bonus makes a BIG difference in our finances. I am expecting them to prorate my annual bonus for the time I am out on maternity which means I lose out on a lot of money (not that I consider being home with baby "losing").
I've had numerous conversations with my boss about who will cover my job while I'm away, and he has no good answer for me. A part of me is glad because maybe they will finally realize how important my role here is!
That said, I am ***considering*** offering to come in one day a week after the first month in order to do some of the more important work in my job - in exchange for them giving me the full year's bonus.
I know that staying home and bonding with my baby is the #1 most important thing, but as the breadwinner, I am thinking about our financial future as well.
What would you do?