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post #21 of 48
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Originally Posted by Turquesa View Post
I became a SAHM precisely because my workplace didn't offer such family-friendly benefits. I think it's safe to say that most places of employment in the U.S. don't.
You can say that again...

~Raqui
post #22 of 48
I'm an admin at a power plant. It's a GREAT company to work for and my job is fairly non-stress as far as admin work goes. I get 6 weeks paid maternity leave (comes out of my banked sick time); any time off other than that comes out of vacation but I've been here nearly 20 years and have a good bit of vacation coming to me. So, I may take some extra time off ... we'll see.

With both my previous pregnancies I said I'd work up until I went into labor. Yeah, that didn't happen. I worked until 39 weeks, and both were overdue (one by 4 days, the other by a full week!). I really, really want to do it this time, though. My last labor was really quick; it'd be funny to me to go into labor at work and freak everybody out.
post #23 of 48
I am a SAHM, who homeschools the oldest 7. My kids also have a baking business that I help them w/.
post #24 of 48
i'm job hunting right now (social worker) and finishing up a post-graduate internship. i hope to start a full-time position with CPS in the next few months. and definitely not qualifying for any maternity leave. DP will be a SAHP, at least....
post #25 of 48
I'm a freelance graphic & web designer and I work from home. I'm planning to work as much as possible before and after...but we'll see what happens.
post #26 of 48
I'm planning to be a SAHM for at least the first couple years. The plan was for me to quit my job and go to school full time, instead I'm going to quit my job and be a mom full time
post #27 of 48
I am a stay at home mom but I care for 2 other children during the week.... its been SOOO tough lately b/c of this "all day nausea/ morning sickness" thats just KILLING me! hahaha.
post #28 of 48
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Originally Posted by la mamita View Post
i'm job hunting right now (social worker) and finishing up a post-graduate internship. i hope to start a full-time position with CPS in the next few months. and definitely not qualifying for any maternity leave. DP will be a SAHP, at least....
I am taking one class right now, I hope to start my social services worker cirt. in the fall of 2012. I live in a really small town so I can only do a diploma here, but I can complete my degree by distance. I totally don't want to work for CPS though, I think I would end up with a zillion kids if I did. My goal is to work for an agency called CLBC (Community Living British Columbia). They are the wing of the government who takes care of developmentally delayed adults.
post #29 of 48
re. just vanessa:

yeah, i did my MSW and was very focused on community practice and community organizing and international development. i didn't study much about child welfare except for a few classes on infant mental health which i loved. graduated, started my own NGO, realized that it was totally NOT compatible with having a family and quit, and i am now applying for CPS jobs. i'm doing a post-grad internship at a govt agency here in peru that provides services to survivors of domestic violence and children who have been abused. two years ago, i would never have imagined being here or being interested in this field, but i am. i like the fact that CPS jobs are challenging, involve a lot of variety, and that i will get to work with parents and kids at the same time. i think i am good at dealing with conflict and at remaining neutral. we'll see if i get hired!!!

good luck with the classes! how will you end up doing internships with a distance program? i definitely think working for the government is a good idea, benefits are usually quite good in comparison to the non-profit sector.
post #30 of 48
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At the moment I work for a non profit organization that contracts from the government to take care of adults with delays....I am a member of the government employee union and you are soooo right, the benifits are insanely fabulous. Full health and dental for the whole family plus I start at 5 weeks off a year paid.
post #31 of 48
I am a homeschooling mom, I direct a youth choir but that's an unpaid position also.
post #32 of 48
i'm a sahm plan to unschool son when old enough for him to be considered school age. guess unschooling preschool now?

i also ride my bike when i have the free time. i like to o on 30 - 40 mile rides. wondering how long i will be able to keep it up? some women on the ladies bike forum i hang out at say they managed to ride the whole pregnancy others not so much. time will tell i guess.

my husband/partner works at home but every few months he is gone for a week. him being around so much gives me a bit more free time for bike rides and running ect. i just started an aikido class that is a much milder gentler low key aikido than a traditional class so i may be able to keep going for quiet a while. i am younger than everyone else in that class by at least a few decades which is odd and fun.

and i dabble around with art projects and some crafty stuff. do block printing. day dream of making some money through art stuff at some point mostly lacking in confidence to do it.
post #33 of 48
I'm a stay at home Army wife! I'm also going to school for nursing (CNM here I come!) and watch a 12 week old baby during the week. LOVE being at home with my DD and watching her every quirk and move
post #34 of 48
Hi Everyone
I'm super excited for this pregnancy. I have two wonderful children and am excited to add a third. I work as a Registered Nurse in an Emergency Department at a Trauma Hospital. I work six 12 hour shifts every two weeks. My job is hard, heartbreaking at times but very rewarding. I am constantly learning new skills and interacting with patients of all ages. I love my job as a nurse and a mommy!
post #35 of 48
I am a SAHM. I'd love to start a home business of some kind somewhere in here, but not for a while!

Borobaby, with my last baby, I was working at a school too. I got pregnant in May, but really started feeling it in June. The end of my queasiness came around the third week in August. I thought I timed that one perfectly. I took long naps, ate when and what I wanted, and dealt with my quesiness at home. By the time I made it back to school, I was a happy, glowing 2nd trimester mama. As for timing a baby in early February, not so perfect. But I took the rest of the semester off (without pay), and signed quitting papers in May.
post #36 of 48
I am a wannabe SAHM, but I work casually as a mat/child nurse and own my own business. We homeschool and I can have the kids at the business location with me. (It's a baby business, so the fit is good.) I only work as a nurse when my hubby can be with the kids, so I do lots of evenings. Although I am in Canada, I will not qualify for mat leave because my hours are split between employment and self employment. I am trying to figure out exactly how I will manage when #4 arrives in June!
post #37 of 48
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Originally Posted by Mamatoabunch View Post
I am a SAHM, who homeschools the oldest 7. My kids also have a baking business that I help them w/.
If you're still around on MDC when I get ready to homeschool, I want to massively pick your brain. You must have really figured out how to manage it all with so many different ages! (and I mean that in a good way, not in a negative way)
post #38 of 48
I am a special education teacher that works with the moderate to severe disabled at a high school. My job is a high demand job (both mentally and physically). Being a teacher though, the timing works out well. Due June 4th and school is over end of May. Hoping I get to take some of my maternity leave though! Maybe a little early time off???
post #39 of 48
I'm an attorney. I used to be a prosecutor it was full time+ (tons of hours). Then I had DS and it was too much. So, I begged my DH to hire me at his firm. So now I practice Criminal Defense and family law and do it part time. I do want to go back to work after this new bean, but DH says he doesn't think it will happen.

Am I being unrealistic? I'd only go back part time (which right now is averaging 30 hours a week) but I'd do less. Still a lot of time to think about it...maybe I will SAH for awhile?
post #40 of 48
Good thread. The work situation is the thing that has me most stressed out.

I teach 8th grade English and am due right around the last day of school. Pretty good timing, but my maternity leave is my summer break--they won't let you postpone your maternity leave until school starts if you have a summer baby.

I get up at 4:30 in the morning to start my hour-plus commute by 5:30 am. Not sure I can continue at this school next year without moving closer... I'm away from home for at least 12 hours most days.

DH is a freelancer and will likely be a SAHD since daycare here (Chicago area) is not an option for us because it's so costly. I hope he's up for the challenge! He can be a little self-centered (just clueless, maybe, is a better way to put it) and I am a little worried he won't be able to handle the emotional and physical demands of being the primary caregiver of a newborn (our first).

Also, not looking forward to frantic pumping in the nurse's office during my single planning period when I go back to work in the fall...
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