I’ve been angry today. and I’m not an angry person in general. But the more I think about work, and their out and out rejection the more angry I get. I have no doubt that had my manager been supportive, the outcome would have been different. Had I not got the days I preferred, or been put in a different job I wouldn’t have minded, but to have them just say no, when they’re meant to be a family friendly institution is outrageous. And ergo, I will appeal.
In the meantime, I will have to put off going back to work as childcare will be an issue. Joel can go to nursery from February on a Friday, and then from April he can have a Wednesday so if I took till the 28th March on maternity, then added some holiday onto that, we could get to April which would mean my parents would have him two days a week, and if I can have the four day weeks for six weeks, I’d have him on a Monday, then possibly my mother in law would have him on a Monday (we’ve not spoken yet about this but she’s said she will help out where she can and it’s an option) so I’m feeling a little calmer that he’ll be ok although full time work will make me miserable and stressed. I do not believe you can work full time, look after a baby and a house all at once. It’s too much.
So I now have 14 days to put a case together. I shall email personnel for advice in the first instance about my maternity dates then put pen to paper (or keyboard to laptop?!) and do a draft.
I just can’t believe they said no.