I believe that the time you can spend with Foxy is the most precious time you can spend anywhere. It means more than time at work, time with Tim, and time with me or your friends.
When you leave the plantation to go on maternity leave, the time you have free to be a mother and concentrate on your new life can never be regained. It will be the first time in your life and the last time in your life that you will experience being a mother for the first time.
You will cry when you have to leave her to go to work. You will cry because you don’t want to spend time away from her and you certainly don’t want to spend time away from her to go back to work where you really aren’t that happy.
Once you go back, that’s it. You will never again get 6 or more weeks to spend with her.
And she will miss you too, more than any of us. Your only consolation is the joy you will feel when you come to pick her up from day care, and her face lights up into a smile when she sees you.
I never had to leave you as early as you are leaving Foxy. I was unemployed and was with you every day for your first year. We were so close back then, and even though other things in my life weren’t that great, I had you and that was everything to me.
The biggest present I could ever give you is time with your baby. It is better than anything I could ever buy. Free time is so valuable, and to have a company allow you to be home an extra four weeks if you take it without pay, you just have to take advantage of that as much as you can.
That is why I want to give you the extra two paid weeks to stay home and enjoy Foxy. I wish you could stay home with her until she is in first grade, but at least you will have her first 10 weeks of life where you can focus on loving her and bonding with her.
Anyway, I just wanted to put these thoughts into an email. I know I wasn’t the best mother, but when I can help make things better for you now, I like to try and do that. I only want the best for you and her. I will always have your back and be here for you both.