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I'm not technically employed outside of the home, but it seems like my plate is getting FULLER as my pregnancy progresses, which was not my plan. My "last" client had her baby at the end of May and I enjoyed a few weeks of not being committed to anything, but that's changing.<br><br>
I'm considering taking a client who is due September 10 (I'm due September 23, so I explained to her that I'd have to arrange a backup plan) and a doula friend and I are coordinating a BOLD performance and Talkback (<a href="http://www.BOLDAction.org" target="_blank">www.BOLDAction.org</a>) event. The dates for the performance were originally September 12-14 (my request because it would be over before I had the baby...in theory). But it looks like the venue we're wanting is only going to be available for the weekend of the 19-21st, putting our last performance two days before my due date and having me work on this right up until I have the baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">.<br><br>
I've done this before. I took a mid-term exam the day I went into labor with DS1. I distinctly remember timing contractions inbetween answering questions on the test <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. And this is IMPORTANT to me. It's something our area desperately needs. Part of my concern with it being so close to my due date is that I don't want to miss it!! But the other part, of course, is that if I had a client with a big project like this going on, I'd encourage her to find a way to take it easy for the last couple of weeks before her due date, and I'm not going to be following that advice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
So is anyone else planning to work right up until baby's born or am I the only crazy one here? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I'm a SAHM atm so...I guess technically I wont ever stop working, lol.<br><br>
With my surro baby though, I was working at Home Depot and I kept asking about scheduling my maternity leave. My HR kept saying oh, you cant have maternity leave cause you havent been here a year-even though it clearly stated that ANYONE can take maternity or health leave, just unpaid. Finally someone else got it through his head that I would quit and I was due soon-his response was that he didnt know I was pregnant. Wtf?!?! So anyway, I got put on maternity at 37 weeks....I delivered 2 days after I got put on leave, haha.
 

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I am working up until Labor Day weekend and then I quit! My Edd is Aug 31st according to the MW and Sept 4th according to me, so I figure Labor Day weekend is a good stoping point. Luckily I work with a bunch of men that are TERRIFIED of a woman going into labor (thanks movies!) so they have no problem with me not coming in after my due date!
 

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I guess I plan to work as long as I feel up to it--and I don't know how late that will be!. I have one job that requires me to be in the office, but a lot of that will transition to at-home consulting, which is fantastic. My other job already is a consulting gig from home, so I just sit on my birth ball and do that whenever.<br><br>
But the stinky thing is I was offered a really good job last week that would be a great advancement for my "career" (I always snicker when I think of having a career--I'm so not the type), but they're not very flexible about working from home. <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 plan on working until this baby is born. I will almost certainly take it easier come September, but I don't plan on leaving. With Griff I worked until he was born, and with the twins I was on bed rest prior to their birth, but defended my dissertation and submitted my thesis during that period. (I also read a lot of books and hung out a lot with my hubby. It was actually much nicer being on bed rest than I had expected.)<br><br>
It is really important to me, however, to have everything I "have to" do done before September. I'm a researcher, and plan to have a lot of papers pulled together before I leave for a slew of fall publication deadlines. I think I'll start my "out of office" email message come September, and I've already turned down all requests for peer-review for the fall. Whatever I do September through December will just be fun stuff, driven by me and not external deadlines.<br><br>
You've definitely got some hard choices with lots of things on your plate actually happening in September. Good luck!<br><br>
* Jaime
 

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I'm a WAHM, so it's hard to schedule maternity leave since I own my own business. I plan on working right up until the baby is born. I have 3 deadlines in September, but do have someone that can help me if baby comes early. I worked right up until the end with the last one as well.
 

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I'm a WOHM and just don't have the leave to take before my official maternity leave kicks in. I'll be using most of my sick/annual leave that I do have for midwife visits and such. And my parents are in town and wanna see the "sites" so I have to drag them around all next week and there goes the majority of my annual leave <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> But I would like to take a couple of days here and there depending on how I feel, maybe even just a couple of hours a day till the baby comes.
 

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I had been planning to go out at 38 weeks, but I'm beginning to think I might go out at 37 weeks. I just don't know if I can manage it much longer.
 

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My plan is to start maternity leave on Sept. 4th. According to ovulation, the 8th is 40 weeks, but my "official" EDD is Sept 13th, (which is just as likely to be accurate since the median length of gestation for first-time moms is 41+1.) Obviously it will depend a little bit on how I am feeling, and I can/will go on leave sooner if I feel like I need to.
 

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I'm due 9/16 and planning to work until I deliver. I'm an ER nurse, so I'm on my feet 12 hours at a time in a chaotic environment so if it becomes a problem for me or baby I'll need to amend the plan. I'd just rather have the time with the kiddo when it gets here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Ooo which ER? lol<br><br>
Yeah, I'm so sure I'm going to drive to Seattle just in case I get an ER nurse I know online. Sure....
 

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I'm hoping that this afternoon's appt with my midwife will get me home from work in the next few weeks. I just can't take the stress and anxiety anymore, along with the absolute pain I'm in at work. Although we can't afford it, it'll be better for both mine and Dh's sanity if I'm at home rather than dealing with work. I'm literally at my wit's end with everything that's been going on in the last month. Hopefully, at home, I'll be able to deal with things in a more sane fashion...<br><br>
But I was planning orginially to work up to the day I start labor...so much for plans!
 

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I thought my last day would be July 20th. It ended up being July 7th because I went into labor the next day and had my baby the day after that. That was over the weekend, so my coworkers were very surprised that I didn't show up on Monday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Then, my coworker left the office at 5:00 and had her baby at 8:10pm, so we're all believers in the "work until the last minute" plan... more time with baby that way!
 

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I'm "retiring" from my job to become a SAHM on September 5th (my due date is between September 20th and October 2nd depending on which of my OBs you ask). I wanted to be able to wrap everything up at work (I'm hoping they'll pass me some freelance work later on so want to leave on good terms). I also want to have some time for "nesting". I would have liked to have finished work at the beginning of August so I could have a "summer vacation", but that extra month's worth of salary is definitely going to be helpful.
 

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I'm a teacher, so I worked until the end of the school year, which was 24 weeks, 3 days for me. I would have been put on bedrest the next week anyway, and now I'm at home on strict bedrest due to preterm labor symptoms. We need my salary and are so fortunate that DP's mom offered to help us out, so I'll return to work when the babies are healthy enough to be home with grandma.
 

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I work in a school, and our last day was June 10. However, I'm sort of an administrator-type so I've been working extra days and half-days here and there. My last official day will be July 18, but we'll see.... it doesn't look like I'll be wrapped up by then.<br><br>
I'll be off until March 4 for sure, and I may extend my leave to be off for the entire school year. I guess there are benefits to waiting so long (10 years!) to conceive! SOME of the financial pressure is off.
 

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I'm dure sept 15th, and I plan on working until the 29th of Aug. I'm not going back to work after the babe arrives, so I won't have to worry about using up my maternity leave. I was going to make my last day whatever day was the first day of school around here so my parents wouldn't have to pick ds up from school (he goes to a school that's closer to where he used to go to daycare, and isn't able to ride the bus) but I don't know if I want to be off almost a whole month before I'm even due. I think I would get bored with no one at home all day everyday. I still haven't decieded yet. I'm feeling really great and have also thought about working until I go into labor, but doing that would be really inconveint for everyone I work with and I would really hate to do that to them. We'll see...
 

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I'm hoping to work until it is time for the baby to come. Everyone thinks I'll go into labor at work and we joke about just having the baby there!
 

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I'm a WAHM, and I honestly might do a little work to distract myself in early labour, lol! Of course, it's nothing physical. I paint, and sell my paintings online.
 
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