Aimee here–I’m back from maternity leave! I left in a bit of a hurry last year. On Friday, November 25, I was tidying my office at the end of the day and a thought passed through my mind–what if this is the last time I’m cleaning my office before I’m gone? This place is a mess!
But I was hungry (very pregnant and very hungry) and I didn’t want to think about the possibility of not being back on Monday, so I pushed that thought out of my head.
Well, that night my partner John and I went to the movies. And after the movie was over, I stood up and felt a kind of popping. That was my water breaking. So I didn’t make it back to work after all!
I did return on Monday morning, baby in tow, just to welcome Janice (we were supposed to start training that day) and let everyone know a few basic things before I went back home again, but that was the beginning of maternity leave!
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed so quickly. Now I’m back in the thick of things, working on two publications and preparing to start a new phase of the Labrador Image Identification and Dissemination Initiative with Pei. (He’s coming back–yay!). Tabea is here with me, and she’s digging into new work too. It’s good to be back.
I’ve spent the first few days assessing what’s been done, what needs to be done, etc. While it is hard leaving work for a year, it’s also a great chance when I return to come back with fresh ideas, re-assess everything, see things that need to be changed, etc.
Anyway, it’s back to work for me!!
My phone isn’t working properly (it’s got too many photos on it) so I can’t show you a picture of Maggie right now for cuteness, but here’s me and Tabea on my first day back: