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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

For those of you who work outside the home, how much longer until you're done work?  Excited?  Can't wait?  Should have picked a day last week?? 

 

I picked March 5th (it's a Tuesday).  I'm "due" March 17th.

 

This week is a short week (Heritage Day on Friday), so I have the rest of this week, all 5 days next week, and 2 days the week after for a total of 9 days left.  But I will more than likely take next Weds off as a sick day - I'm finding these 5 day work weeks a KILLER and I'm bagged.  I'm not tired because of WORK, I'm tired because I'm not sleeping at night and I don't have time to nap at work.  "Work" itself, is fine.

 

Of course back in January when I picked my end date, I thought it seemed so far away.  Now I'm thinking I could have picked next Weds.  (Or, this Weds...)  By the time I get home from work, I'm too tired to do anything.  And my weekends are just a mad catch up, and I'm not getting anything DONE. 

 

I'm getting pretty excited though.  I've always worked, even in University, so this switch to working as a mom at home will be interesting! 

post #2 of 29

That's awesome!

 

I work from home, and don't exactly have a "stop date," but I do have some "would REALLY like to get done" stuff that should be done by the end of the day Sunday (39w2d)...  Maybe as late as next Wednesday (39w5d) if it's especially slow going.  After that, I will just do the absolute basics (shipping, customer service) and maybe 1 additional hour a day of sales/marketing until I go into labor.  So I'll cut down to like 1/2 or maybe even 1/3 time in about 8 days, I guess.

 

Though I'm thinking if I go to 42 weeks, I'll just go ahead and shut everything down "early!"

post #3 of 29
Sadly, leave will start for me when I go into labor or when I pull the trigger. The sooner you go out, the sooner you come back. I want baby to be out of day care as long as possible, so I will work until the bitter end. Did that for my last 2 pregnancies, working even on the day when I was in labor.
post #4 of 29
March 1st is my last day!!!! So 8 more days! I teach high school and I'm counting down the periods!!
post #5 of 29

I'm working to the end also.  I actually don't start my leave until the 15th of March (8 days after my EDD).  Since I work for the government (I'm a teacher) I can always go out on leave early, especially if I get a doctor's note, but I can't work one day after my paperwork says I'm done.  I can really use the money since I'll be taking the rest of the school year off and hoping to extend into the fall semester or go part time. 

 

I'm feeling ok so I don't mind working but I'm starting to think after next week I'll be ready to be finished.  Luckily, I planned well and have a large reserve of movies to show the kiddos.  I can prop up my feet, put on the movie and knit to my heart's content, all while collecting a paycheck.
 

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Originally Posted by Melany View Post

Sadly, leave will start for me when I go into labor or when I pull the trigger. The sooner you go out, the sooner you come back. I want baby to be out of day care as long as possible, so I will work until the bitter end. Did that for my last 2 pregnancies, working even on the day when I was in labor.

That's how it was for me when DS was born.  I had 8 weeks from my last day no matter what.  I couldn't even think about putting him in care at 4 or 5 weeks, so I worked Friday and he was born Monday.

post #6 of 29

I put my last day working for the week I turn 40 weeks.

There are some days that I wish I could take leave sooner, but I think it's for the best that I work up until the end.

I hope I have baby before my leave date starts, but we shall see.

post #7 of 29
My last day is march 15. Only 6 more shifts!! (Due march 20)
post #8 of 29

My last day is the 12th.  I'm not due until the 26th, but if I schedule a week of sick days prior to my leave I don't have to serve the waiting period for benefits (2 weeks w/o pay usually), and DP also gets an additional 2 weeks added to his leave.  So for me it's not worth risking going into labour before I take the sick days.  Last time I was off for over 3 weeks before DS was born and was definitely bored, but this time I have a lot to do, and a toddler to suck up any free time I want to offer :)

post #9 of 29

I'm on the working 'til the bitter end train. I only have 40ish hours of leave on the books so I feel like it's somewhat important to at least get this last full paycheck before the impending doooom. ;) I am still trying to hash out how my medical coverage payments and that stuff will workout over my leave. Things I keep forgetting to ask people.. 

post #10 of 29

My last day of work is next Thursday - the EI coverage goes on months, so I'm working till the end of Feb so my leave pay will start on March 1st and go to March 1st, 2014 (Thank you Canadian Government) My EDD is March 16th - I'm hoping to get those weeks between the end of work and the babe.   Leaving my position in the hands of someone I'm not sure is up for it, so I want to tend to all the agonizing last minute details and get it organized (very consuming). 

post #11 of 29
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My last day of work is next Thursday - the EI coverage goes on months, so I'm working till the end of Feb so my leave pay will start on March 1st and go to March 1st, 2014 (Thank you Canadian Government) My EDD is March 16th - I'm hoping to get those weeks between the end of work and the babe.   Leaving my position in the hands of someone I'm not sure is up for it, so I want to tend to all the agonizing last minute details and get it organized (very consuming). 

Oh my gosh, I wish I was Canadian!!!!  

 

6 weeks of unpaid disability is so pathetic as a "maternity leave."  ::grumble grumble grumble::

 

I will ask my manager if I can have an additional week or two of unpaid time, but she denied me with my last baby, so i doubt I'll get it!  

post #12 of 29
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I will ask my manager if I can have an additional week or two of unpaid time, but she denied me with my last baby, so i doubt I'll get it!  

 Why would she deny u unpaid leave????  That's crazy!

post #13 of 29
post #14 of 29

Buko.. That is amazing!! And it's in the New York Times? LOVE IT!! This country needs to get their asses in gear and change the maternity leave policies! This is a very sore subject for me, and it bothers me so much that this country is so anti-family... and that's what it is, anti-family. 

post #15 of 29

Buko, that link you posted makes me cry. Why are we so backwards?

post #16 of 29

Well, after the possibly labor stint last Saturday, my boss didn't schedule me at all next week and put people on call for my shifts this week.  On paper, my leave is supposed to start March 3 (scheduled for section on 11th) but it may start as soon as Saturday afternoon.  I asked for a few shifts next week but I don't know if I'll get it.   Financially, I REALLY need it but IDK if she'll give it to me.  In theory, I don't start back until May 19th so baby will be 10ish weeks and DP will be out of school meaning baby won't be in daycare at all.  Unfortunately, it's all unpaid leave.  :(

post #17 of 29

I plan to work up until I can't any longer.....I'm due March 22nd.  I clean houses for a living, and I'm concerned about coverage for my clients while I'm out from having the baby.  They are all supportive of me working wearing the baby, which is absolutely TOTALLY wonderful, but I'm feeling pretty stressed about finances.  I really CAN'T take more than 3-4 weeks off of work, unless DP works a ton of overtime (which he says he'll do), but then that takes away bonding time for him with the baby, and it doesn't help my clients who will have dreadfully filthy houses!  And its not like I have to leave the baby to go back to work.  Sigh.  My brother and SIL were here the other day with their baby, who is 10 weeks old, and he's still fussy/nursing every 20 minutes or so.  On the other hand, he's their first, and she's not mastered the "strap the baby on your back and just do stuff" at all, so maybe if I can get our baby into the groove of that pretty quickly, s/he will be more content?  Keeping my fingers crossed here........

post #18 of 29

I can't imagine the stress of having to a) go back to work so soon and b) having to worry about that leave being unpaid.  Talk about double pressure to get back to working right away.  Makes me appreciate the 9 months of semi-paid leave I'm getting so much more.  

 

My thoughts are with you mamas.

post #19 of 29
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Buko.. That is amazing!! And it's in the New York Times? LOVE IT!! This country needs to get their asses in gear and change the maternity leave policies! This is a very sore subject for me, and it bothers me so much that this country is so anti-family... and that's what it is, anti-family. 

 

 

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Oh my gosh, I wish I was Canadian!!!!  

 

6 weeks of unpaid disability is so pathetic as a "maternity leave."  ::grumble grumble grumble::


AGREE!  I work for the "government" so we get "2 years of leave and the ability to regain our position at the same pay level" but they don't pay us for a single day of that leave.  When will the US figure out that they could solve a lot of social issues if more moms stayed home for the first year (or even 6 months!?)

post #20 of 29
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AGREE!  I work for the "government" so we get "2 years of leave and the ability to regain our position at the same pay level" but they don't pay us for a single day of that leave.  When will the US figure out that they could solve a lot of social issues if more moms stayed home for the first year (or even 6 months!?)

Two years? I'm a fed. and I get 12 weeks unpaid max that sets back time in grade for a promotion day-for-day. I am also excluded from state temporary disability payments because I am a fed, but there is no tdp program for federal employees, just regular sick leave to be followed on by LWOP when that runs out. I love how everyone wants to get on their soapboxes and talk about "government fatcats" when the reality of the situation is we get boned coming and going, aside from illustrious SES-level folks paywise, but half of them have done their time one way or another too. That exclusion from tdp has really been bugging me.. 


Edited by beautifulnm - 2/22/13 at 10:36pm
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