Lyn, I hate insurance. I hope you get it straightened out.
Becky, We've done that before! DH walking around with baby for an hour, what ever works.
Carrie, Sounds like trying to do the Saturday, regular or just on-call would work the best if you want to go back.
I'm planning on continuing my job, it is part time and as the supervisor I usually set my own hours. There is the small issue of my funding though, my program is actually grant funded and with the Senate the way it is now, we don't know yet how much funding will be cut. We are being told by state that the soonest they will know is May and my funding for this year runs out in Oct. The positive for me is that my program is very small compared to others in the state and I never use even half my money, I don't get to keep the reminder for incidents like this or else I'd be covered! Since WIC funding is set to be cut as well, they can't fund me (I only work with WIC moms in this particular program) nor can the health dept I work for since their funding is being cut left and right as well. So we shall see if I even have a job to keep.
Working in public health, I don't make much and since I have too many kids for my mom to want to watch, I have to hire sitters which start at $10.00 an hour depending on how many kids I have at home that day. Needless to say, I don't work for the money! I just love lactation work. I do get to work from home doing phone support and my paperwork which helps defray some of the costs because when I go into the clinic or on home visits, I only go in for 1-4 hours at a time, by the time I drive back and forth, I can pay the sitter what I just made some days. I'm not planning on taking time off, there is no one else to run the program. I just won't do home visits for a bit or general health dept related trainings so anything else I will do, I can drag baby along with me for a while. DD1 will be in the 3rd grade next school year (OMG, time flies!), DD2 should be in PK 2-3 days a week which will leave the 2y and new baby at home to just arrange care for usually. I'm hoping to find a sitter 2-3 days a week anyway. Probably not full days but to help do the whole school pick up thing, run to some after school activities, maybe allow me to nap with the baby once in a while, and then when I need to work. DH used to travel one week a month for work but hasn't had to since Dec, but he starts again this month. And it looks like he will be traveling more then ever for a while, a big client is expanding to multiple new offices/cities. It is so hard when he is gone. He left for the first time when #3 was 5 weeks old for 2 weeks, and it was actually so much easier back then compared to now. I used to be able to pile all kids in my bed and deal that way. Now DS wakes up DD2, I have to pee which wakes up DD2 because she is pressed against me which wakes up DS again and then it is 2 am and we are all up. DS will end up staying up for hours and then be asleep when I have to leave to drop kids off at school, so basically everyone is beyond grumpy for the whole week.
I'm stuck with a sleeping toddler on top of me and baby is kicking away inside like get off my mom. Boy, that sibling jealousy can be fun!