I 100% know how lucky we are, and I am, to be allowed to take a full year off paid, and this time with my son is precious and I would not give it up for anything, but there are days when I wish I could go back to work. I would love to only be responsible for myself for a few hours, and to get a break that wasn't dependent on coaxing an unpredictable maniac to sleep and didn't have the potential to be over at any moment, and to talk to adults and not have to be ON all the time and to have a conversation that isn't about babies and to just think about something else for a while. I would never cut my leave short because I know I would regret it (and I don't want to pay for daycare!) but I'm missing being a professional today.
Anybody want to sympathize?