Posted by savannahkase on July 18, 2017 in Personal, Second Child, Work/Life Balance, Working Mom |

Yesterday, I saw a deer in the road. She was standing still, right in the middle of the road as a queue of cars formed behind her. As I was beginning to worry that she was confused, a young fawn appeared from the brush by the side of the road. His mother held her crossing […]

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Leading on Leave?

Posted by savannahkase on October 15, 2014 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Research, Second Child, Woman Power, Working Mom |

With my second baby due in just over three months, I have begun to think about my upcoming maternity leave. The idea of having dedicated time to care for and bond with my new baby seemed idyllic before I knew anything about it. Although I consider myself an informed individual, I’ll admit I was shocked […]

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Be Nice, Ooze Confidence, and Don’t Cry

Posted by savannahkase on October 17, 2013 in Advice, Current Events, Working Mom |

As I joined millions of other federal employees returning to work today, it felt like a fresh start. In the working world, there are no semesters to mark the passage of time, no universal vacations that keep everyone out of the office for an extended period, and no major organizational uncertainties. Particularly in a mammoth […]

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Best Advice for “Back to Work”

Posted by savannahkase on July 31, 2013 in Working Mom |

  When my (Family and Medical Leave Act unpaid twelve-week) maternity leave ended sixteen weeks ago (but who’s counting?!?), I looked everywhere for advice on how to cope with this major transition. I culled books, blogs (a great one is Nicola’s Life After Maternity Leave site) friends, and doctors (the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington offers […]

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What It Means to Go “Back to Work”

Posted by savannahkase on July 29, 2013 in Advice, Working Mom |

A dear friend (thinking of you, Lisa!) returned to work last week, a colleague is coming back on Wednesday (can’t wait to see you, Liviya!), and a longtime friend has just left her job for maternity leave in anticipation of the imminent birth of her first child (hang in there, Jordana!), so I have been thinking […]

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