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13/05/2014 at 14:06
Just curious really (and after reading this post back, realise there's not much point to it other than a rant / download!). Physically, I feel fine, to be honest. I'm suffering a bit with baby brain and tiredness, but I don't have any aches and pains etc! Still, if I could start ML now (without it impacting time with baby) then I would! I don't feel unmotivated, but I just feel like things could get a bit much in the next few weeks and I can't really be bothered. Its this whole trying to do your job, trying to tie up every lose end, trying to document everything you do, and then trying to train someone else up, whilst still trying to make sure you aren't missing anything and appearing incompetent. Can't be the first person to feel this way? I'm on a serious countdown and feel like I should feel guilty / bad about it! How did you feel on your build up to ML, when did it kick in feeling that way?
13/05/2014 at 14:19
I felt exactly the same! Was really on countdown mode from about 30 weeks (I finished at 36) and could not be bothered, unfortunately I was busy, with work, and preparing handover so I had to get some work done, but it was the last thing I wanted to do. I very much enjoyed the four weeks before she arrived, I'm glad she was on time, rather than early or late as it gave me time to relax before, but it was baking last summer so was glad I didnt go over.
13/05/2014 at 16:04
I am now in the final 3 weeks of work before maternity leave and it seems to have really hit me this week that I only have 15 working days left! Definitely feeling the mix of 'don't want to be doing this' and 's**t I have so much to do in 3 weeks!' Trying to do all my handover documents, rush through as much work that isn't being covered in my absence as possible and do the general day to day bits seems quite daunting! Just hoping baby doesn't decide to come early now!
13/05/2014 at 16:36
I made it clear to my colleagues that I wasn't taking on any new clients as of the beginning of May, which left me 2 months to finish off old files and prepare handover notes. Obviously I wasn't meeting targets/bringing in a lot of costs in those two months, but I'd made it clear that was my intention from quite early on, so I didn't feel bad about it. I was on a countdown mission, but I knew I would be, so it was fine.
13/05/2014 at 16:40
Knees, that sounds like a good idea. It feels like its time to start wrapping up everything, not starting new stuff! I know if I even suggested this though it would go down like a led balloon :) or the solution would be when cover is in place they can take on everything 'new' - but they aren't really taking it on when you're there and having to tell them how to do every step of the way are they? I'm dreading the next few weeks! :-(
13/05/2014 at 16:52
Oh pep, when are you due to finish???
I'm winding down now, I've only got 4 weeks of work left, so in this time I need to wrap up everything that's going on. I wouldn't be taking anything new on now as there's no way id see it through.
13/05/2014 at 17:03
Not for another 5 weeks imp! Feels like forever at the moment!
13/05/2014 at 17:10
Are they expecting you to carry on taking new work on until that end?
13/05/2014 at 17:18
Completely understand! Vix - that's how I felt. I was working harder (but not longer hours) than ever, but emotionally I started to detach a bit. I did all I could, but had an acceptance that if others didnt do their bit or my plans fell down whilst I was away.... tough tit! :)
It was actually really hard. Others start panicking even though they've known for months you'll be off.
Just try and keep boundaries strong and know that you have limits on what you can do and staying well is all that *truly* matters x
13/05/2014 at 17:20
God knows. Probably. Even if its not me taking on new work, someone in my team will be and I'll have to help guide them through it etc. I'd go in and change my leaving date with how I'm feeling right now, but the problem is I'm kicking it all off with annual leave and they won't move that - so I'd have to just go straight into maternity leave which means going from 10 months off to just 9.5, plus less time with baby for taking it earlier than planned. Having a B-A-D day today... first time I've felt like this in ages, it feels very familiar.... Sigh.
13/05/2014 at 17:27
I feel Exactly the same & I've a lot longer than you to go pep!
Baby Brain is awful.
13/05/2014 at 20:59
I stopped at 38 weeks. I had a countdown with things to look forward to up to my last day. Once I got January out the way, we had a baby moon at the end of February, my birthday in the March and a week holiday in the April. My work wasn't too bad as there were 2 other girls who did the same as me who could help my cover once I left. I couldn't wait to finish!
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