To others taking the decision to take a less conventional maternity leave I have two pieces of advice.
Be flexible with your plan and adjust it if you need to.
Babies, children and life itself are unpredictable. A change in direction is not a failure of your plan. Just as I can't anticipate every business change in my industry, we can't, as parents anticipate every change in our family needs. Adapt.
Learn how to ask for help.
Lean on your family and friends when you need to. If they offer support, take it. Accepting their support can sometimes be a survival necessity. As the old African proverb says "It takes a village to raise a child".
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