Hi everyone!! Been busy but have been trying to keep up with this thread when i can!
|Do any of you cloth diaper at work? How do you manage?
Only cloth diapered both of my boys...The first for 18 mo (he learned to use the potty early) and Ds#2 is only 14 mo so he is still going strong. It really has never bothered me, even when I was in the office for 6 hrs a day with Ds#1. I just throw enough dipers and covers in for the day, a stuff sack and go. I dump it at the end of the day in our big pail (and actually have forgotten once or twice....and phewwwwww....but the stuff sack was nice and closed and it was only 1 diaper but boy did it stink when I opened the stuff sack :LOL ). I never did anything but throw the poopy diaper, rolled up into the stuff sack. I didn't wash at work. I ussally throw the wipes in with the diaper and throw them in the trash at home (if I bring disposable wipes, If I use clothe wipes same thing)...I don't want anyone else to have to deal with them or possibly smell them. I usually wash at least one cover a day too by hand. I always figure that in the big picture it is so much easier for me to deal with packing the diapers etc than it is for mother nature to deal with sposies that it just has never been an issue for me..... just one more thing to do to get ready for work.
|Everyone thinks that working from home is the best of both worlds. Eh, not really.
I know what you mean. And I also feel really guilty about feeling stressed or overburdened because in actuality I am so lucky to be able to raise my kids and contribute to our income (because I HAVE to)....but trying to work and mother at the exact same time sometimes can be really stressful and frustrating.....hats off to you for doing it with twins faythe
: I sure is nice to come here and be able to share with moms that know where I"m coming from instead of with friends who are always having childcare difficulties....they look at me like I'm crazy to have any problems with work.
|...I probably get in about 5-6 hours of actual work during an 8 hour day...
I don't worry about it either cause, as faythe said, we most likely aren't chit chatting around the office when we are there. And for me, when I work at home I get so much more done in 5-6 hrs than I EVER would at the office...no interruptions like the phone or office friends wanting to share their newest story. Usually when I do most of my at home work DH is home. I just can't do it any other way. I need to get into that zone and if Dh is home with the kiddos I can.
The most dificult thing for me lately is that i have been having to go to some meetings in Santa Fe (about 1 1/2 hrs away) due to some upcoming changes within the state.....We don't ususally use child care so don't have anyone that the boys really KNOW (at least Ds#2) and would be comfortable staying with. I have to go so Dh has been coming along cause Ds#2 can't be away from me yet for that long (about 6-7 hrs). Its been hard on him but luckily he has a flexible schedule...but he doesn't have sick or vacation time.
Here's a question..... For those of you that are the only one that has this benefit in your office (IE the only staff bringing their kids to work and/or working at home) do you find others are jealous of you? Do you find yourself wanting to bend over backwards for your boss to make up for the percieved bonus you are receiving? I'm always worried that others are feeling that I get it "all". I work with a lot of great people but there are times that I feel like I shouldn't have or am not worthy of the benefit of bringing my kids with me and being in the office so little. I try to rationalize that no one knows my situation unless they are walking in my shoes...they don't see me holed up in my house most Sundays working like a mad woman etc.....but I still don't want to rock the boat. Dh really wants me to ask for a raise (which I totally deserve and haven't gotten in several yrs due to the agency being on a "wage freeze") but I am so nervous cause I don't want anyone to say "Well you get to bring your kids with you and you also get to work from home that should be enough" And yes, while that is priceless....I still work to have the money ya know????
Sure is nice having all you mamas here