My weekly ob appointment went well, other than me being sick. The OB could not feel the head of the baby, so she had me do an ultrasound. I love seeing the baby again! He is still head down, which is good. He is about 5 pounds, 7 ounces. Also, I am negative for group B strep. One less thing to worry about!. Now if only I could get over this cold.
I had a call from the leave representative from work. She was worried about me having enough time to recover postpartum. At the time I went out on leave, the OB put my EDD as Jan 5, so my leave would be until the end of February. The best option is personal leave, which would allow me to keep my benefits. When I called my manager, she was not sure she would be allowed to give me personal leave. She said that she would look into it and get back to me. I have a hunch that I am going to have to call someone next week just to see what is happening with the leave. She also did not really commit to letting me come back part time. (From what I could tell.) So, everything is uncertain at this point. If the personal leave is not approved, I may just not come back at all. Which will leave me worried about insurance again. I will not be heartbroken to leave that job. Not really. I think the only reason I would come back to my old job is for the insurance. I hate the uncertainty. But I would love to have some extra time with the new baby.
Edit: No news on the job front, but I just realized why I am frustrated with this situation. I am not all that confident that management will make the decision in my favor. They do not always make the best decisions. (At least from a nurse's point of view.) They recently let a couple of other RNs go, so they could decide that they do not need me anymore and not hold my job after my FMLA runs out. At this point, I really do not know what is going to happen with my job. While I would like to come back part time, I do not know if they think it will be worth it enough to give me personal leave. I know that they need all the help they can get. They are consistently understaffed, and they have positions open. It seems to me like it would be in their best interest to give me personal leave for the postpartum period, and take me back part time. (Which will likely end up being about 40 hours a week, anyway.) They are not paying me during the leave time, so I do not think it is financial, but you never know. I have no clue how management thinks.