To answer my own questions, I work part-time (11-16 hours per week) at a local coffee shop! It's my very favorite job in the world (um, besides mothering). I'm very much extroverted and here I get paid to: make coffe (yay!), drink coffee (yay!) and talk to people (yay!). I've worked there about 10 months thus far, quite by chance. I was a SAHM for three years before venturing out to working again. Before that I was a Sports Editor for the local newspaper office. It was a great job but the hours were terrible.
As for plans while pregnant... I plan to continue working... I haven't told anybody there yet (haha.. I haven't told ANYBODY anyway!). I am running around and on my feet the whole time there, but since no shift is longer than four hours (well, one is six hours, but I don't get it often), I don't think it should be a problem.
Plans after this babe is born? I'm up in the air. I truly love my job because it's such a necessary outlet for me. I *need* interaction with people. It's part of who I am. And I love the people that come in to the coffee shop and they love me too ... but... I think my job first and foremost is mothering... So I might see what can be worked out. Maybe I'd only work 4-8 hours per week or something for a while. Nothing huge, but getting out of the house for a *bit*. ... Childcare would also be an issue. Right now, it's easy for my mom to watch my three girls (and she loves it! So do they!)... but she only has a small car in which three carseats barely fit across the back. Four wouldn't work.
Dh is off Sun-Tues... so maybe I could just get a few hours Mondays and Tuesdays... who knows... it's a long way off so I have time to ponder.
Just wondering if anybody else is dealing with this aspect too
Judy, wife to my Catholic deacon husband ... homeschooling mother to my four girls and now a BOY!!! Forever remembering our loss (8/11) .
-:¦:-♥Sarah Lynne♥-:¦:-Wife to Michael and Mommy to Austin(5), Steven(3), Tristyn(1), and Laurelyn (6/3/2011)
I plan on going to school right through the pregnancy (and just not taking any classes the semester I'm due). I will only be teaching 1 lab/week, so I can pay my other labmates to cover my class for as long as I need-up until the end of the semester.
After the baby is born, I plan on going back to teach ASAP (only 2 hours away from babe/day max). DH works 2nd shift, so he can keep the baby any time I am gone during the day. I will try to pump a little, just in case, but hopefully the little one will be ok for 2 hours once or twice a week while I am in lab. I will continue research, but I can bring the baby into the lab and nurse on demand(no toxic/dangerous stuff-we're an anatomy/phys lab).
That is my perfect plan. Let's just see how life actually changes everything!
I had originally planned to quit my job when the next baby arrived, but now I have discovered that I really like where I am working, and my first child is very happy in his current preschool, so that quitting my job and keeping him at home would be overall detrimental for our family. If I have to go back to work before 6 months I think I will try to find a private nanny for the baby - at 6 months he/she can go to the same daycare/preschool our first is in (a lovely place where I would truly trust them with an infant).
DH and I stagger our schedules so that we only need childcare between the hours of 10am - 4pm, which helps.
Most days I can work at home, which has been a huge bonus while dealing with this "morning" sickness.
In September, DD will start 4-year-old kindergarten, so I will probably change my hours from 4days/week to 32 hours spread over 5 days. This will shorten my days as I get towards the end of the pregnancy. DD will go to daycare the other half of the day - DH picks her up just after 4.
We haven't discussed yet how much maternity leave I will take. By law, I can take a full year and have my job more or less protected. Ontario Employment Insurance gives individuals on parental leave a stipend, which is far less than my salary, but still gratefully received. Last time, I took 6 months of leave, and then DH took 6 months. I'd like to negotiate with him to take 7 or 8 months this time, as I found working FT and pumping exhausting, and it got easier as she got older and ate more solids and needed less EBM. I also think that going back early (for Canada - I'm aware that compared to many mothers in the US, 6 months is amazing) contributed to some PPD I experienced last time. However I want to be fair to DH, and support that he wants to be equally involved, so we'll talk it through.
I plan to work up until I have the baby, and then I'll probably take a couple weeks off after baby arrives (with some work from home). Then I'll go back to work as I'm able - I'll do what I can from home and I may have reduced hours for the first month or so, if needed, but I really hope to be back to my regular hours by then. I can bring my baby to work with me, so it really is just when I'm feeling up to it.
"When I'm sad, I stop being sad and be AWESOME instead."
I'm hoping my boss isn't going to be too upset with me taking the full 12 weeks I'm allotted. I enjoy my job and the people I work with and I'm the main breadwinner so I have to go back to work. I'm already trying to come up with a list of things that will need to be done in my absence to find ways to do them early or have someone trained to cover them.
WOHM: Married 2002. Dog parents 2005. DS arrived 3/3/10. Newbie expected late June 2013.
I am not thinking of after pregnancy yet. I won't even let myself think of names or the nursery or anything yet. My faith was severely shattered the first time around.
Stephanie MC 11/22/06 Jackson born 02/05/10 MC 07/14/14
After, I can do rehearsals with the baby in the sling if I need to. If not, there's always someone around the church willing to hold a baby. I'm really blessed. I'm going to try to schedule easy stuff for Easter through Pentecost. Plus I have two high school helpers who are really competent and awesome.
I'm switching over to my husband's insurance right now so that I'll be able to leave this job if I so choose - I'm hoping to talk them into letting me work part time for a while after the baby and transition back into full time eventually. But, I've watched co-workers here go through pregnancy and maternity leave and have learned that my employers are *very* inflexible.
I don't necessarily want to leave, but there's no way I could do this job with an infant. I'd spend all my salary on day care, and I'd never get to see my baby, which is not OK with me. It's scary, though, to leave a full time job - especially in journalism - in this economy. I'm going to try to make a combination of freelance reporting and grant writing work.
I think I would miss my job (I'm a lawyer for a gov't and it has great hours and benefits and it's the exact line of work I have always wanted) but I also have student loans to pay and we tend to spend a lot on travel and just bought a house to grow into and plan to aggressively save to buy a vacation cabin in the next few years so it's not financially feasible for me (or my husband) to stop working.