OP you are not crazy.... Some of us are made to be stay and home mums and some of us aren't.... I'm not. Don't get me wrong I love mat leave with my babies but f@rk... Looking after a baby and toddler full time... That's bloody hard work. Also, I love my paid job, when I am back at work I just have to make an effort to only work a normal (and not long day). Because I do value family time too.
- in my work anymore than 12 months off and I think you are forgotten/screwed over.