My first was due June 21 so I finished out the school year, moved to another
state,had her 2 wks early and went back to work when she was 15 months old.
With my second, I stopped a week before she was due & went back to work when
she was 5 months old. Since I was nursing still, I would DASH from work to
her daycare and nurse her there. Lots of fun but we both survived. With my
third, I planned to finish out Sem 1 but had high blood pressure and doc made
me stop early. Not such a bad thing. Make sure you sit down whenever you can,
don't lift anything heavy and take advantage of ANY offers of help from
fellow faculty members. Even if it just saves you a trip to the office to get
your mail. Wear comfy shoes.
With my first I worked with an all-male art faculty and they were really
good to me. One of them yelled at me the day I used spray fixative.
More advice-try to laugh at yourself every day (or at something). Have a
great babysitter/daycare lined up and have a back up plan. One of my backups
was the parents of a fellow faculty member. I had to use them twice when my
sitters kids got sick.
For the record, I have worked fulltime since my 18-year-old was 15 months
old except for the 2 partial years of maternity leave I took with my 2nd and
3rd kids. My 18 year-old graduated first in her class of over 600 and has a
full ride to college, my 12-yr-old is an honors student in jr high and my
6-yr-old seems to be following in his sisters' footsteps. So I don't think
the combination of daycares and a working mom damaged them too much. Best of
luck to you and that precious cargo. Monica