Posted by: DD | October 3, 2008


At 4:30 p.m. today, my 12 week maternity leave ended.

I’m heart-sick.



  1. Boo hiss!

  2. I’m sorry.

    I go back to work soon too…


  3. Oh she’s so lovely….

  4. It’s times like this that I wish I lived in Canada or another foreign country that has better maternity leaves. I’m sorry that your maternity leave has ended… I will pray that your transition back to work is smoother than anticipated and that the breastfeeding continues to go well.

  5. Wow that went by so fast!!!!

    She is so freaking cute I can see the love she has for you all over her face!!!

  6. In a perfect world life wouldn’t be so expensive that those of us that wanted to stay home, could.

    The look on her face can only be interpreted as “wow I love this lady”. Precious!

  7. She is so cute!

  8. ouch!

    gorgeous, your pics are consistently really really good.

  9. awwww, you don’t have maternity pay for a few years, not as much as your regular pay but its something, then you get to stay home? I should do one of these photos oner of these day, its gorgeous 🙂

  10. It is such a shame that the US is behind so many other countries when it comes to maternity/paternity leave. but the US doesn’t value families like we claim we do.
    I can’t imagine, I wish I lived closer I would take your baby for you.

  11. She is so beautiful.

    I’m sorry you’re heading back to work so soon 😦

  12. I know, I know. It’s really hard. Much love.


  13. Damn. Damn. Damn. I’m sorry, DD.

  14. i am SO sorry it’s over. sorry, too, that i’ll be joining you, potentially sooner rather than later. maybe even at 5 friggin’ weeks. i’ve got enough anger and frustration for the both of us.

    z-girl is gorgeous.

  15. Wow that was really fast. What a bummer.

    She is so beautiful.

  16. I’m sorry you have to go back so soon. I wonder if your candidates have anything to say about extending maternity leave? It makes me realise how lucky we are in Europe.

  17. (((HUGS))) That’s all I can say–I know how hard it is.

  18. I’ll be thinking of you on Monday morning. Does Mr. DD take those amazing pictures?? Somehow, I don’t think it is X Boy!
    Enjoy every moment of this weekend.

  19. Today, when I was setting stuff aside for you (let me know if you want it), I was thinking, “Well, she’s only a month old, so…”

  20. She’s just beautiful. And she loves her mama. All my best in your transition.

  21. I feel your heartache DD, I went back to work 3 weeks ago after having the luxury of a year off (Yay Canada!).

    Every day I am consumed with guilt when I drop G off at daycare but seeing his face light up when he spots his caregiver and friends makes it a little better. I hope it’s the same for you and ZGirl.

  22. I cannot believe it’s been 12 weeks already!!!!

    What an absolutely stunning picture, and gorgeous little girl.

    I hope your first day back isn’t too bad. xoxox

  23. Oh DD, how beautiful is she! I can see why the prospect of leaving for work is so awful.

  24. Awww! Great pic!

    That stinks about having to leave her for…*blech*…work. Can’t you just sneak her in your purse or something?

  25. Awww, that sucks for you!
    I would have a real hard time leaving that beautiful lil girl.

    Her smile is so wonderful. I think she likes you.

  26. *hug*

    She’s so gorgeous…

  27. There is something to be said for socialism AND taxes!


  28. Time is moving too fast.
    That photo is beautiful.

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