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post #1 of 55
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I saw a thread like this on another DDC and we did a one in my last DDC. It was nice because it made you feel like you were really getting to know the other Mama's.

So what do you do for a job?

I am going to admit, I.AM.BUSY. Busier than I probably should be while pregnant but what do ya do?

Ok, where to start. I am SAHM for the most part. I work mostly from home. I am a certified labor doula through Childbirth International. The city I live in is super mainstream so there isn't much of a need/want for me. I do 6-10 births a year. Not overly busy with that but it keeps me going.

My husband and I also own a ready-to-move/modular/prefab housing company. He works full-time for his dad, as a contractor as well. This business is run kind of crazily. He works on the business from his full time job and I work from home, while looking after DD.

Since starting this business we have also hooked up with a property developer from the U.S. (we are from Canada), who wants to get some things going here in our city as it is booming like CRAZY. Soon, DH and I will have two properties on the go. He will be the general contractor for both projects and I am the property development manager for one of them.

So, thats what we do
post #2 of 55
I am doing a post-doctoral fellowship at a university. My PhD is in bio-organic chemistry and I am mainly working on bio-nanotechnology research which basically means using naturally ocurring biological structures to create useful nanomaterials for electronics or pharmaceutical or engineering applications. So really, I am a glorified lab rat.

My husband spent 11 years in the Navy and has not been able to find work since July so he is a SAHD. Needless to say, he is a little nervous about being a SAHD to not one but TWO girls now...hee hee....I see lots of dress-up and hair braiding in his future. Pretty funny considering he seems to have NO feminine side, LOL.
post #3 of 55
Sahm
post #4 of 55
I'm a stay at home mom. I feel terribly lazy sometimes when I read about how much other people accomplish.
post #5 of 55
I currently work for myself selling handmade stuff online and at the local Saturday Market. I sell handspun yarn, hand dyed fibers, felting kits, hand carved knitting needles and crochet hooks, shibori silk scarves, wool dread falls, funny crazy hats, monster mittens, baby hats and baby legwarmers. Plus I have about 5 other projects in the works.. (ahh, writing that down makes me sound like a nut!)
My partner owns a remodeling business with his dad.. he's also starting to work on ecommerce site development.
post #6 of 55
I do what needs doing.

I'm a certified athletic trainer (ATC), but I haven't worked full time at that in a few years. I'm part time at a university, 10 hours a week, right now.

My husband and I have acquired 5 units of rentals in the past year, so we're busy with a lot of remodeling and fixing and geese juggling on that front, but all in the interested of creating an income stream that leaves us able to continue to be "part time" in the fields that make us happy (he's a blacksmith), while still being able to be part time SAHParents.

With the new baby, I'll be a SAHM for a while. My DD attends Montessori school M-F from 8-3:30, which she started doing at 20 months. She'll be 3 in June. Her independence has allowed me to go back to work, but we'll see how #2 feels about things, and flex with that. Fortunately, DH is an equal partner in this deal, and we find ways to satisfy ALL of our needs to "do."
post #7 of 55
I'm a graphic designer. I work at home for an agency. I've been with this company for over 10 years and I absolutely LOVE what I do! Every day is different and you know know what neat things you'll learn along the way!
post #8 of 55
SAHM or Radical Homemaker!

Currently converting our property (1/5 acre in the city) from grass/weeds into food production. Also homeschooling so no intentions of going back to work ever.
post #9 of 55
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Originally Posted by rightkindofme View Post
I'm a stay at home mom. I feel terribly lazy sometimes when I read about how much other people accomplish.


I've spent a lot of time in sales. I went back to work when DD was 3 for a year and now I'm home again. I'd love to be home with this little one that long but I don't see that to be possible. Financially we need a second income. I'm looking into going to school to get an associates in Dental Hygiene or something else in that general field. I'm thinking of working in a daycare in a health club, or doing sales in a health club part time while I attend school. That way I can bring the kiddos with me for free. DD will be in school in the fall and once my degree is finished new babe will be 2 or more so he'll go to daycare at that time. Most days I feel busy and like there is no time to get everything done, but than I think about people who are working full time AND juggling a family and it puts things into perspective that right now I have it pretty easy. After all, if I have time to sit on Mothering for far too long I must not be that busy.....
post #10 of 55
What I do is work as a traditional homemaker.

My role is to care for, raise, educate, discipline and love our children. I do this while working to maintain a Christ-centered household. I support my husband, so that he can earn the income for our family. This means I do all the cooking, cleaning, meal planning, grocery shopping, health and wellness of the family. He is provided dinner when he gets home from work, and we keep our family operating debt free by both of us being as frugal as possible. That takes a lot of work and forethought, as well.

We operate in a really "old fashioned" or traditional sense. I think the art of homemaking and raising children is a fading and lost art form. It's also one that is usually seen as less important. I don't like to list out all I "do" in a sense that it makes all the tasks seem less important than a wage-earner. However, to know my children are raised as compassionate, educated, mindful and free-thinking children of God is more accomplishment than anything else I'll ever do for me.

I used to be very active in the pro-life movement, and in politics. In the past few years, however, I see my role as being best fulfilled at home, and the nature of politics and abortion as being a somewhat "lost cause" to the progressive movement, while my children are not. So, I don't spend time on that much anymore, though I blog about being a Christian homemaker as my outlet.

We have a simpler life than most seem to today. We don't "busy" ourselves with lots of activities/programs outside of our home. Our church is our second home, but it's not an activity centered church, but a Bible centered church, so we don't have lots to "join" there, either. Our boys play baseball in the Summer, and our girls occasionally do ballet. Other than that, we visit the library, and our day is full of school, chores and then playing, while mom fills the rest of the day with her chores, baking bread, cooking, planning, etc.

So, that's what I "do".
post #11 of 55
For the past 2.5 years I have been an eligibility counselor for the Department of Human Services. That means I interview clients and approve food stamps, medicaid, and families first (cash benefits) for them. I have a bachelor's degree in English, and this was not in my career plan -- in fact, I didn't have a career plan, and that is how I have landed here. As you might be able to imagine, it can be a hectic, stressful place.

HOWEVER, I do not plan to come back here after having the baby. I am in training right now to do medical transcription, because more than anything I want to stay at home to make breastfeeding, cloth diapering, AP, etc. easier. Also because I want to avoid having to make a decision about daycare if I can. My husband is a freelance photographer and has carved out a nice niche for himself, and we have a hefty savings to fall back on in the immediate postpartum period while we are adjusting to being parents and I am finishing up MT school. I know it's going to be kind of crazy to be starting transcription and taking care of an infant at the same time, but this seems to be my best bet for staying home, so I am going for it.

Our biggest concern is health care -- we will have to purchase our own since DH is self-employed and the application process/expense is quite daunting. I am not worried about it for the time being, we will have my work insurance until the end of the pregnancy and a couple of months postpartum, before I tell my boss I am actually leaving for good. I am flying under the radar with that right now.
post #12 of 55
Great thread idea Jaclyn
I'm a wife and mom. I like to sew and crochet but just for fun. My husband is currently out of work so we are spending lots of family time together until he finds something (he's an engineer) I'm planning to homeschool our kids so I won't be returning to any type of job for a while. I stayed at home for a few years until we had our son.
When the kids are all grown and gone I plan to go back to school to be a childrens librarian. I've been debating on becomig an ibclc because breastfeeding is so important to me but I don't think I want to take that time away from y family just yet.
post #13 of 55
I am a SAHM and also a birth doula. I've been a doula for a little over 4 years and i LOVE it!
post #14 of 55
Great thread! I'm fascinated at the diverse roles we all fill. And SAHMs, don't you dare call yourselves lazy or just a SAHM (a few did). My husband is a SAHD (and does some part time online work, but only for a few months a year) and he is far, far busier at home than I am at work.

As for me, I am a librarian at a university. I provide research instruction and do a lot of instructional and web design. Someday I also want to be a part-time suburban homesteader with chickens, bees, a bigger garden, a cheese-making operation and whatever else I can get my hands (and not just my head) into.
post #15 of 55
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Originally Posted by MissMorgan View Post
I currently work for myself selling handmade stuff online and at the local Saturday Market. I sell handspun yarn, hand dyed fibers, felting kits, hand carved knitting needles and crochet hooks, shibori silk scarves, wool dread falls, funny crazy hats, monster mittens, baby hats and baby legwarmers. Plus I have about 5 other projects in the works.. (ahh, writing that down makes me sound like a nut!)
My partner owns a remodeling business with his dad.. he's also starting to work on ecommerce site development.
Do you have a website or online shop?? I love me some handspun yarn
post #16 of 55
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Originally Posted by rightkindofme View Post
I'm a stay at home mom. I feel terribly lazy sometimes when I read about how much other people accomplish.
OMG do NOT feel lazy! I stayed at home for 2 years after DD1 was born and I think I was more overworked, tired, and harried than I am now working full-time. SAHM is a tough 24/7 job, it is sad it is not more valued than it is. I wish I could take another 2 years off with this one but since DH is out of work with no options in sight I will have to keep on for a couple more years, at least he can be a SAHD.

MyFillingQuiver I enjoyed your post! I am amazed what mom's of many can do and stay so organized, homeschool, homemake and all that. Being a Christian I know all the scriptual encouragements (love Proverbs 31) for being a SAHM but its funny, I am a TERRIBLE homemaker. I can barely cook, I am disorganized, disheveled and have no idea what to do most of the time. I can do complicated science very well, running a home is another story, even with just one kid-LOL.
post #17 of 55
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Originally Posted by MyFillingQuiver View Post
What I do is work as a traditional homemaker.


We operate in a really "old fashioned" or traditional sense. I think the art of homemaking and raising children is a fading and lost art form. It's also one that is usually seen as less important.


I'm a SAHM. DH and I consider ourselves spiritual and we believe in God but we don't belong to any organized religion, so I can't say that my position come from a strictly religious one. I do, however, fufill most of the role of a Helpmeet. I do everything at having to do with the home. Cleaning, cooking, caring for the children...even bills. DH is a Manager at Costco Wholesale...a very stressfu and demanding job that requires him to work 10-12 hour days, at least. But, because of his hardwork we have excellent healthcare and an income that allows us to operate a comfortable (NOT extravagant!!) household.
Besides, I can't imagine spending even an hour away from my children, or leaving them with someone else, so maybe my role is a selfish one, lol. Before kids I was an executive assistant...I'd probably still be running someone's errands if I was working.
post #18 of 55
I was an apprentice HB midwife for the past 2+ years but stopped attending births last month. I'm now a SAHM and seriously, I am lazy. I don't have any little kids around that need me all the time, I read a lot, mess around on the computer, hang out with my husband after the kids go to bed. I clean, of course, but that's really not all that much work. My husband is the family chef so I don't even cook dinner (I do the dishes and clean the kitchen). I'm thinking of going back to school in January to get a second bachelor's in nursing and become a family nurse practitioner.
post #19 of 55
Thread Starter 
I am so happy so many people responded.

Gosh, ladies, don't call yourself lazy. You are far from it. I am a semi-SAHM, BUT, I suck at it LOL. My house is a mess, I have paperwork all over my kitchen table 90% of the time so we eat in our living room LOL, DH does a LOT of the cleaning.

I spend most of my days playing with DD between taking phone calls and replying to emails. I spend a ton of time on the computer. Between than and DD I have barely anytime to keep the house clean or cook LOL.

I envy homemakers and wish I was better at it.

Oh and I am a non-working vet assistant. No work for me in that field in this city either!
post #20 of 55
I always wanted to be a SAHM. DH and I get a little spend crazy and have a hard time refraining. So b/c of that I have to work. We have changed our spending a lot in the last 2 yrs and are working our way out of debt.

I am a registered nurse in a birthing center in a teaching hospital (don't worry we are teaching them very well). I love my job. Best part is supporting non-intervention births. I work full time night shift which is 7pm-7:30am. It is tiring but we are able to avoid daycare that way. DH lost his job last year (which set us back even more) so I changed my hours from perdiem to full time. As a perdiem I was working about 20-32hrs a week now I work 36 so not much more but now I get benefits. Dh found a job at a company that moved in down the street. He was one the first to be hired. He is the evening shift supervisor now. He works 2:30-11:30pm. We do have a baby sitter come in a couple of days a week when we work the same days but we are equally responsible for child care and all the house hold necessities even though many days it doesn't feel that way. Our house is usually a mess and we sometimes feel like we need help from a hoarding specialist. OK not really but we do have a lot of spring cleaning and purging to do.

I sew when I have time and or when I need a gift. I usually stick with baby stuff but I enjoy trying a little bit of everything.

That is my life in a nut shell. Kind of sad really.
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