I'm coming back to work in November.
I just had my meeting with my bosses at KGW and it went better than I hoped. They're very supportive of me taking my full leave, which is awesome. In fact, it works great for them, too, which is always an added bonus. I'm not putting anyone out. Well, besides poor Joe Donlon (who has been a rockin' Live @ 7 host, in my opinion).
As for the duration of my leave... in my line of work there is often an unspoken pressure to get back on the air as quickly as possible. You don't want people to forget about you. Or worse; you don't want your bosses to realize they're getting along just fine without you. But, that's the great thing about my station. I'm very fortunate that I don't have that kind of pressure.
And truth be told, I'm not ready to come back to work, either. As baby Elle nears her 12th week of life, I realize how much I enjoy spending my day with her. I enjoy the mommy & me movies. I love my moms' group. I like just being with her. I'm sure every woman who had a child and went back to work has felt this way; not ready for that transition. And I'm sure it won't be any easier when baby Elle is almost 6 months old as opposed to now. But, I'm not going to think about that. Not yet, anyway.
For now, I'll savor these next few weeks with this little baby of mine.