Post # 1
To all my pregnant ladies:
What are your plans for work after baby comes? What do you do for work? Just curious!
AFM: I’m a nurse and will be working 24 hours a week on night shift (11pm-730am) after returning from maternity leave. I will be working 2 nights a week, not in a row, and then every other weekend.I’ve been working this shift for awhile, and its nice to have a very flexible schedule and not have to pay for daycare. My mom will be watching the baby before I go to work, and the weekends aren’t an issue because I will always have someone watch him so I can get some sleep. There is maybe one day a week where I will only be able to nap when baby naps, but I won’t be working back to back shifts, so I can just go to bed that night.
I was going to find a day job, but to make the money I do now I would have had to work full time and put our LO in daycare so it just didn’t make sense for us to do that right now. I know some people don’t have a choice, and I’m greatful to work in a field where I can have that flexibility.
What are your plans?
Post # 3
Mods: Can you please move this to pregnancy boards? I posted in the wrong section, woops!
Post # 4
@Blondee: I’m also a nurse, but since I live in Canada I get a full year off. Things are pretty crazy in the health system where I work right now, so I may go back part time or stay off an additional year (no pay) IF we can afford it. We work 12 hour shifts on my unit so if i wanted to work part time nights, I could likely work one weekend every two weeks (fri-sat-sun) and that would be 36 hours. However, we will see what happens as things get closer.
Post # 5
During maternity leave we decided that it wouldn’t make sense for me to go back to work. I would basically be working to put my daughter through daycare. That would not make sense. We are fortunate enough to be able to survive on one income. I hope to return to work eventually, but right now I am fine staying home.
Post # 6
@Blondee: How long will you be taking off before you go back part time?
I work from home so I’ll continue to work at home after the baby is born. I’m going to ask for the first 6 weeks off (no pay) and then to go back part time (20 hours a week) for the next 6 weeks to see how things go. I would like to go back full time after that, if I can do so without daycare. I’m thinking we may find a babysitter who can spend a couple of afternoons a week here so I can really get a lot of work done. My job is pretty flexible and there’s another Stay-At-Home Mom who works 30+ hours a week and has three kids, two of whom are still at home right now and are both special needs – so I figure if she can do it I should be able to do it with 1 but it’s just hard to know until it happens. I’m interested to follow this thread and see what others are doing! I’m not due until November but this is definitely something I’ve been thinking about.
Post # 7
I get 90 days maternity leave and I am planning to go back to work full-time (8:30-5:30ish).
Darling Husband and I have been talking, and I think our best option is to get a full time nanny. Both of our schedules can be a little unpredictable. He owns his own business and is usually out of the house from 6:30 am-7 pm, and I can get caught in meetings or with clients unexpectantly, so we need something that is a bit more flexible than a traditional daycare.
Luckily, we also have lots of family nearby to help us in a bind.
Post # 8
I am working PT for my parent’s business currently while I’m PG. When the baby comes, I will work PT still, maybe 15 hours per week. I can bring the baby to work also, which helps so much.
Post # 9
@traceyjoy: The plan right now is that I’ll take 12 weeks off, but unfortunately it’s all unpaid so not sure if I can take that long. I’m hoping to work up until my due date so I will have as much time with the baby after he’s born.
Post # 10
Technically, Darling Husband and I would be fine if I became a Stay-At-Home Mom. However, since I just recently started my career and I have a graduate degree, I felt that leaving the workforce just wouldn’t work for me.
I currently work in corporate America and I haven’t spoken to my boss yet, but I’m hoping to do a part-time telecommute. I’m thinking I’ll come in during the mornings and then work from home in the afternoon as mornings are busier for me anyway. We’re planning on moving about 10-15 minutes away from my work and we plan to pick childcare in the area, so I don’t think it’ll be a problem shuttling back and forth. If this works, we plan to enroll our child in infant daycare to get the increased social interaction. If this doesn’t pan out, we’ll try a nanny. Plus, I like the flexibility of daycare (can drop off or pick up anytime).
Post # 11
Ugh right back to work 8:30 – 4:30 M-F after 7 weeks. 🙁
Post # 12
I’m also a nurse, right now I work 10.5 hour split shifts, but that’s just because I’m covering a temporary maternity leave. My permenant position is 12 hour shifts, 4 on 4 off 5 on 5 off. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I’m finished maternity leave. My husband also works long days, around 10 hours at least in the busy season. We would never A) be able to find a day care where we can put the kid in for 11+ hours and B) a day care that works with my rotation.
I would like to go back for part time but the facility I work only has 2 part time positions and the two girls that work them will never give them up ( they both have young kids with husbands that work long days. )
Right now, I think I’ll go back to work for 3 months ( that way I can keep my benefit package while I’m on mat leave ) and then go casual until my next mat leave. That way I’ll have enough hours to qualify for mat leave. ( We want to have a couple close together ) If I only work for the 3 months then my Mother-In-Law might be able to watch baby girl and we wont need day care.
So much to think about.
Post # 13
I’m an editor at a monthly magazine. I’m trying to work as far ahead as I can these next few weeks before the baby comes, but I’m hoping to be OUT (not answering e-mail or anything) for four weeks . . . and then I’ll likely need to be back in the office at least to manage a few feature articles and our e-newsletters. A lot of that can be done from home or with just a few half-days at work each week until the end of summer, when I plan to return full-time.
Post # 14
Currently Darling Husband and I both work full time. DS is 7 so he goes to school from 8am-2pm and then an after school tutor program from 2pm-5pm. Recently I learned that the wireless company that I work for was sold so in a few weeks we will out of work. I feel bad for my co workers, but for us this was awesome news! I get an amazing severence package along with unemployment benifits for up to 2 years. Darling Husband was just promoted so we wil be fine with just his one income also.
I am so excited so be done with work… just in time to start my second trimester!!
Post # 15
I work for my dad. If all goes well then I Will have a few weeks off then start coming in 2 days a week with the baby. Then back up to full time after a couple months.
Post # 16
I own my own business. I will close down for 1.5 months after baby is born, and after that, bebe is coming to work with me! There’s plenty of room in my store, and it’s in a laid-back, slow town, so I’m kind of excited about it!