Talk to me about maternity leave...
I am the only person in my role, the only person at my level. I have a strong working relationship with my team. I took a demotion in title and left my previous job 3 months ago to take this role. To work nearer to home and have a better work/life balance. With a view to my boss going part-time and eventually coming out of the business completely and my stepping up in to his role over 1-2 years.
The business is in a difficult time and has become more stable since I've been here, which is great.
I have never been in this position (baby + career) and am really nervous about taking time out. I had a regular job and no direct reports when I was off to have my son. This is very different. My career is hugely important to me. Or has been. Really is a big part of my life. I already worry about maternity cover. Having someone else do my job. Breaking up the team and losing momentum. We have a gameplan and in a one-to-one today I was talking about budgets and quarterly forecasts and realising I probably won't be around for the first re-forecast of next year and it really made me stop in my tracks.
(In case it's relevant, just to clarify, financially we can't manage if I give up work or reduce my hours by more than one day a week so I would be looking to return to work fairly quickly. My husband MAY be able to drop a day a week - we could manage that okay and it would really help at home.)
I'm really interested to know how others have found maternity leave, how long they were off for, expected/unexpected issues. Anything at all really would be appreciated! I think I would struggle emotionally with being 'replaced' and being out of the loop when I've worked hard to get things the way they are