I've been going back and forth with my boss for a while now about what my work situation will be like after I have the baby. I asked for the ideal situation, which would be working part-time from home.
At first, he said "Fine, whatever we need to do to keep you!" He was very agreeable and supportive.
Then, he talked to his boss. She was not at all into the idea of me working from home. I've worked from home at times in the past, and it has been fine. Not many people at my company do it, so I get comments like, "Oh, are you feeling okay?" or "Are you enjoying your soap operas?" and since I've been pregnant, "Oh, you must be nesting." (This from a woman, by the way)
This really ticks me off, as I'm, you know, actually WORKING!!!!
So anyway, I met with my boss today, and we worked out a compromise. I will work part time from home for a month after I return from maternity leave, then the next month I'll be full time from home, coming into the office one day a week. Then, I'll come in two days a week for another month, working the rest of the time from home.
After that, I'll be back in the office full time, working from home maybe once a week.
Personally, I think this sucks. I'm glad they're working with me a little bit, but I really don't want to be putting my 6-month old in daycare full time.
My boss did say that we could "reevaluate" after the 3 month period and see if I could continue working mostly from home, so that gives me some hope.
Also, I have some other things in the works, so if those become lucrative this might not even be an issue. We shall see.
I really don't see what the big issue is, since I can do my job from anywhere, and most of the communication can be done via phone or email. It's just this attitude that if you work from home, you're not really working. Maybe I can help to change that.
Anyway, I'll have 16 weeks off before I have to come back at all, so I'm going to enjoy it.