It was my understanding that everyone was pretty much on the same page that maternity leave in the U.S. is hard. It’s basically Mom Boot Camp, and just when things start improving- you’ve gotten the hang of breastfeeding, your baby is smiling at you (like, really happy to see you, not passing gas), and you’re maybe sleeping a few hours in a row every night- for most women, it’s time to go back to work. Apparently, some people think maternity leave is actually a retreat, in which you find yourself and redefine priorities. The author of Meternity was inspired to write an entire novel based on this premise. She was fed up with watching her co-workers leave the office at 6 o’clock sharp for reasons like “picking up kids” while she slaved away at her desk, wondering why she was not granted the same permission to meet a heartbroken friend for drinks. So sad, right? I’m up on Sammiches and Psych Meds today with a post about just what to expect if you’re expecting maternity leave to be a vacation. Click here to read it.