My boss, the owner of a small law practice, and I discussed my maternity leave for the first time last week, and the news wasn't good. We had previously talked about me taking six weeks off, but I never talked to him about getting paid or not. Every time I planned to talk to him about it, we was in a bad mood so I just kept putting it off.
He said I can take the time I need and my job will still be available, but he cannot offer any paid leave, partial or otherwise.
I was really bummed. I was not expecting him to offer me full maternity leave pay, but I thought maybe a week or two.
But it is what it is, and I guess we will just have to make due for the six weeks I'm taking off. He is lucky I am not taking 12 weeks, since by law he cannot fire me if I decided on the full amount.
I am worried, since we are used to two incomes. We have been saving money, but it is limited. My husband is in the military so he does not make a whole heck of a lot, but people do it all the time. It will be tight, but we will make it.
I am trying not to worry about it too much and I am looking forward to the six week break from work as well as the time I will be able to spend with Aubrey.
On the pregnancy side, I have to pee frequently, I have back pain and contractions, very bad period like cramping. I am not sure if the cramping is related to dilation or progression beginning. I have not seen any blood, and the cramping, although painful at times, is still bearable, so I am not worrying about it too much.
What's Happening with Baby:
I'm around 18 inches long and about 5 1/2 pounds. The irises of my eyes are blue, and I have soft nails on the end of my toes and fingers. Remember what the tech said about my hair during the ultrasound? It's about 1 to 2 inches long. I'm getting ready for my big entrance (or exit!), and my head will start to descend into Mom's pelvis any time now.