I may be able to return to my job after all, if I accept reassignment to a place with a much, much worse commute and less than ideal working conditions.
Job security through maternity leave and for one year thereafter.
Can use that time to look for/apply for permanent positions (this time, without impending childbirth looming ahead, which really precluded me from applying for several positions in the last year).
Predictability (this employment means predictable, if inflexible, work schedule).
All the cons of returning to full time employment with a salary that will barely pay for daycare (and may actually put me in the hole, once I factor in gasoline for long-ass commute ... I may have to look at carpooling.)
Not returning to the office I've been at (short commute, lots of autonomy, people who love my work and respect both my time and my expertise).
Prospective office & supervisor is notorious for [details redacted, but nothing that isn't survivable].
There is a possibility that the reassignment won't happen, but they gave me the courtesy of knowing it was likely before I had to accept. I have a few days to decide.