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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Normally I love my job and being a WOHM and wouldn't want it any other way, but I can't focus these days! I'm feeling great, too, so it isn't discomfort. With DD I worked up until the day before she was born (early at 38 weeks). I will stick it out until the end, but wow, it is hard to work. .. (on a break posting right now).<br><br>
Super excited about a summer maternity leave though!!! DH is a part time SAHD and it will be a change to all be home together. (I'll probably make him crazy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br>
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How much longer do you have until your maternity leave?
 

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I totally feel ya!<br><br>
I actually work at home but it is a full time job during which my DD goes to my mother's house for care.<br><br>
Being at home has it's advantages while pregnant (m/s is far easier when you aren't hiding it from the person in the stall next to you, and when you cough and pee yourself you can just go into the next room to shower and change).<br><br>
But in general I put in 9-10hrs a day in front of the computer and rarely get up more than to grab a quick snack for lunch.... Well, that is, I used to be focused enough to do this, now a days I'm sneaking away to post on MDC and running downstairs for a snack every hour or two.<br><br>
And when I'm actually working, it's like someone stole half my brain - simple tasks become a challenge and I'm forever loosing my words....<br><br>
In some ways I am *SO* ready for this little one to come, in other ways, I'm happy to still have him on the inside where he's easiest to take care of!
 

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Yup, half of my brain is MIA too. My lack of concentration and drive have been challenging! I can't complain, as I have a flexible schedule, can work at home, and have a super-understanding supervisor.<br><br>
EMandM, I have 12 weeks to take off, under FMLA, so I am going to probably wait until the baby is born, or at least until the due date (July 24 - so 11 weeks or so), to save my leave. If I am physically feeling too sick to work than it will be different.
 

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I teach online for a university and am taking on a couple of courses over the summer.... no mat leave here. I figure it is a good time to do the work when the babe is small and I have more help. I would rather take fall or spring off when the baby is crazy and the other kids are making me nuts! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Yes. So ready. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Mentally I seem to have hit some hormonal blur and inability to concentrate about two weeks ago. If I'm working on something that is very focused I can still do pretty well, but on more abstract thinky stuff I have the attention span of a hummingbird. Dh is SAHD too and I'm SOOO looking forward to the family time.<br><br>
Hang in there!
 

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Yes, very ready. Last week and next week were/are crazy busy weeks for me in the office, then the following week I will have my last long business trip, a week in Brazil (currently it is also my last scheduled trip this year!). I am hoping that most of the last month I will be able to work from home. I'm planning on working until the end.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes. So ready. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Yep, me too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> In a big way.
 

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I teach evenings at a community college and stay home with DD during the day, so I have the best and worst of both worlds, and I am so ready to be done with this term. I pretty much need to nap when DD naps right now, so my grading time is shot to heck right now.<br><br>
I'm done with the term the first and second weeks of June and I can't wait.
 

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I can't even remember where I'm supposed to be half the time. My brother and I own 3 restaurants and it is hard for me to phase myself out for some time off, but I can't work through a rush anymore without being so wiped out I can't move. I won't be able to stop completely, but I am forcing myself to overlord rather than actually work the further I get. The bookkeeping and such will not stop - I will probably be trying to file quarterly reports while I'm in labor - but at least most of that is from home. I am glad to have the flexibility that I can take the baby in to check on them when she's here, so I won't have to leave her much, but it would be nice to have a set maternity leave. I'm waiting for my midwife to say no more work, but I don't think it will happen ;-)
 

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YES, and I started this week! Yay for me. That pg brain thing was seriously getting to me. If there is anything at all that I have to remember I must write it down. But then of course I have to remember about the list. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">
 

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tarasattva, I'm in the same situation as you - I am able to work from home at least 4 days a week, but they are long days. DH is a SAHD, so my day ends up being very interrupted - which means working in the evenings...<br><br>
Anyways, I wish I could take off around 6/1 and have a month+ to just nest & get our house in order! We have several complicating factors - DH has some work lined up, and we don't know what we are going to do for child care during that time. My parents were going to help, but my dad's cancer treatment will likely prevent that. So yes - if I could take off 6 weeks before my EDD just to nest and do chores, I'd be thrilled!<br><br>
I get a full 12 weeks off, paid, so I will wait until the baby comes unless health dictates otherwise.
 

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Not particularly looking forward to my "leave" as I'll only take 3 weeks off (while still available by phone/email and no doubt responding to clients same as last time) and then work 5 weeks full time from home.<br><br>
Wish there was another, better way to do this, but oh well. Guess I have to live with it. Being pregnant is easier than working full-time from home with a newborn, 2 year old, 4 year old and rather disorganized (but sweet) SAHD.
 

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Ohmygoodness I am so ready for a break! I work from home, but normally put in 10 hour days. Not lately though - I typically crash around 3pm and what's not done is just not done. I own my own business so it's difficult - no one to delegate to. DH has been trying to help with shipping and bookkeeping but that was resulted in some bookkeeping errors. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> I have plans to train some temporary help next week.
 

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I'm trying to troubleshoot a problem in our application that is caused by some bad data in the database. This involves multiple database tables related to each other in strange ways and means I need to follow (discover) a convoluted path through the tables 1 bit of info at a time. If that sounds complex, it is. This is the (only) part of my job that I love. And I cannot focus on it AT ALL. I'm so distracted. I cannot wait for leave to start. Except I'm one of the ones who plans to work right up until the last minute so I can spend all my leave with my new LO. So I have nearly 3 full months to go still <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I work in a university library and we're entering the summer term, which is usually nice and slow and really, quite boring, but this summer we've got several intense, tight-deadline technically focused projects going on, and I'm a space cadet. I was quite impressed with my ability to keep up until just a few weeks ago, but now my brain feels mushy. I even upped my fish oil intake in hopes that it would help, but no.<br><br>
neonalee -- I was reading your post and the words started swirling. The concepts were hurting me, probably because that's the sort of thing I'm stumbling over and trying to avoid around here.
 

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(FTR, I am laughing WITH you, and not at you. Totally in the same boat. )
 

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I am really looking forward to my mat leave..............and I'm only working part-time right now (was having blood pressure issues)........I don't think I could manage f/t right now. I'm still barfing and not sleeping so getting pretty run down, the other day I burst into tears because I was so exhausted, nauseous and in pain (bad back). I think I"ll be on medical leave by the end of May so I'll have 2 months off before baby is born and then a year of mat leave (yay Canada!). Chances are I'll only be going back part-time again after mat leave.
 

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Wow, every time I read/hear about the sucky US mat leave policies, I want to cry along with you, my American sisters! I thank my lucky stars to be living in Canada (even though I pay super-higher taxes!).<br><br>
I've been on modified work duties since the middle of March (I'm an RN on a busy surgical unit), so basically a desk job where I don't have to run around for 8-12 hours per shift. I'm hoping to keep working until the beginning of June, and take 2 weeks of vacation and 2 weeks of leave before baby comes. Then, like lrgs, I'm going to bask in a glorious year of maternity leave, half of which is paid at 93%, and the rest at 55% of my average earnings.<br><br>
Come live in Canada, everyone!
 
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