O/T My Work Offered Me a Great Deal to Go Back After Baby... WWYD?
I had my baby 3.5 months ago and i'm loving every second of it. I'm in Canada so we have 1 year off paid leave wherein we get 55% of our pay UP TO a certain amount. Here's the facts... I make significantly more than my husband and only get 55% of my pay up to a certain amount, so I'm actually only getting like 30% or so of my pay for the year I'm off. My husband makes less than the threshold so he would get the actual 55% of his pay if HE were the one taking time off. But we're doing okay financially with me off and could continue to do okay financially with me off if I took the whole year. He's happy to let me have the whole year despite being the higher earner.
I really, really love being home with my baby. I lean heavily towards attachment parenting and feel like he needs me, especially when he's so little, because I was all he knew for 9 months. BUT my work really, really wants me back. So much so that they've offered to let me work from home with my baby for half of the day, than go into the office the other half (they want me to manage/run the canadian office so they do need me in sometimes). They even said if it's a particularly good day for baby, I could bring him in. (If he wasn't disruptive IE if he's napping already or something).
So essentially I'd still be home with my baby most of the day. I'd only be gone 4 hours and at that, he'd be with me sometimes. And we'd have A LOT more money with this setup. So I'm really not sure what to do here. My heart says stay home because we're fine without all that extra money and I love focusing solely on my baby, but I know it'd be great to take the offer and put money away for the future. It'd also be great for my career advancement, of course, as I'd be running the office.
What would you do? I know at the end of the day, I have to do what's right for me, but I'm really not sure what that is. I love my job but obviously I love my baby a whole lot more.