An Ideal Maternity Leave

ideal maternity leaveWhat would an ideal maternity leave look like?  If you could design your own maternity leave, how would you do it?  Reader E wonders:

I am currently 6 months pregnant. Anyways, next week I am having a meeting with my supervisor/team to plan out my leave. I luckily work for a very flexible company and will be getting 12 weeks fully paid right off the bat. Beyond that, it is pretty much entirely my choice on how much time I’d like to take off… I can take off up to 6 months total without anyone having any hesitation. Anyways, I don’t know exactly what I want to do. It is my first child, I plan on breastfeeding, and I just don’t know how much time to take off, do you know of any resources out there to help me with this? Also, I was curious if there is a post about navigating the process of discussing maternity leave with bosses. What should I be prepared with besides how much time off I plan on taking and also a plan for who will cover what work while I am done. Do I need anything else?

Great question, E (and congratulations!).  It’s awesome that you have such flexibility with your job and your boss. We’ve talked a bit about what a family-friendly job truly is, pondered (over at Corporette) whether to negotiate future maternity leave at the job interview stage, and I’ve written before about how I planned my blogger maternity leave, but not this.  I’m curious what the readers will say, but here are some of my ideas right off the bat, sort of in chronological order: [Read more…]

Everyone Thursday: Cashmere Cardigan

Lord & Taylor Cashmere Cardigan | CorporetteMomsIf the weather this week is any indication, it’s going to be a c-o-l-d winter, ladies. While cashmere can seem tough to care for around kiddos, there’s no reason you can’t keep a luxe cashmere cardigan at the office or for after the kids go to bed (or, hey, just machine wash in Woolite if sticky little hands do get ahold of it). I like the look of this big, cozy cardigan from Lord & Taylor, available in four colors, sizes XS-XL (also in plus sizes and, allegedly, petites, although I can’t seem to grab a direct link…). L&T was mentioned by readers as being some of the best cashmere in previous discussions over at Corporette, and they’re having a big cashmere sale now. The cardigan was $268, but is now marked to $160. Lord & Taylor Cashmere Cardigan

Washable Wednesday: Jersey Jacquard Dress

Boden Jersey Jacquard DressIt feels rare to find a dress that is fully lined, machine washable, and, well, cute — but Boden does it again and again. I like this black and white version fine, but I LOVE the gray and black version (which isn’t shown on a model, alas). I like the swingy skirt but respectable hemline, the sleeves, and the stain-friendly patterns (it comes in four dotted colors). The dress, of course, is machine washable, and is $148 at Boden. Try code 7Y2J at checkout to get 25% off everything plus free shipping. Boden Jersey Jacquard Dress

 

Nursing Tuesday: Split Neck Nursing Tops

ON Maternity Split Neck Nursing TopsIf you are a nursing mother going anywhere for Thanksgiving, you need a top like this. It keeps your body just about as covered as it’s going to be while nursing — on the plane, at the terminal, when you’re at someone’s house for Thanksgiving and it’s hard to get some privacy… it’s really perfect. It’s available in sizes XS-XXL, gray and black, for $24.95. ON Maternity Split Neck Nursing Tops

Maternity Monday: Wool Boucle Coat

HM Mama Wool Boucle CoatIt’s gotten rather cold, suddenly, so I thought I’d go on the hunt for maternity coats for pregnant readers. The usual budget suspects like Kohls, Old Navy, and Macy’s all have coats for under $100 — but my absolute favorite is this wool boucle coat from H&M. It looks sleek and sophisticated, as well as warm. It’s $99, and available in sizes XS-XL. H&M Mama Wool Boucle Coat

P.S. Note that Nordstrom has a convertible coat for $150 — I’ve only seen much more expensive versions before.  Even though I’m less fond of the puffy coat look, this would be my coat of choice if I were pregnant — as well as on maternity leave — during super cold months.

P.P.S.  Note that Piperlime has a pretty killer “take 30% off any order over $200” sale right now, with tons of great accessories to pick from, including Corporette reader favorites like Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade New York included in the mix.

P.P.P.S. Note that sister brands Gap and Banana Republic are both 40% off today, and Old Navy is 35% off, all with code CHEER.

 

Finally Friday: Evatex Packing Cubes

Evatex Packing CubesI don’t know how traveling with kids is for YOU guys, but for us, the packing equation has totally changed… because my toddler gets the majority of the space! We bring: all of his outfits (I like to travel with at least 3-4 complete outfits, no matter how short the trip, in case of messy eating/play, or of course, bathroom accidents) … his teddy… his blanket…  it’s kind of ridiculous. These packing cubes look like they would at LEAST help us keep our stuff separate and well defined. I like the variety of colors offered, and the deep discount: they were $89, but are now marked to $25 (and eligible for Prime). Evatex Packing Cubes

Psst — I’ve mentioned that I draw what I want to pack before, but I swear by it now that I’m usually the one packing for the entire family.