Are you going back to work in Sept??

Sarah - posted on 07/15/2010 ( 61 moms have responded )

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Just wanted to know if you are planning on going back to work when your baby turns "1 year old".
Are you staying home to raise them?
Are you working part time around their schedule to bring in some income?
Or are you going back to your Full Time job?

What is your profession?

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Jennifer - posted on 07/28/2010

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I told my hubby, even before we were married, that I would be staying home with our children. I always knew I was going to stay at home with our children atleast until kindergarten (longer if I can help it to help in my girls schools:). We are fortunate to have the option, so I am taking advantage of the time while I can! I worked in childcare for a long while, when going through school and even after college. It is a fine alternative, and there are so many quality centers out there if that is the route you choose to go. Good luck with your decision!

Stephanie - posted on 07/23/2010

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I will be staying home to raise my girls. I did the work and school thing while my first born was young and it was the hardest 2 years of my life. I wanted to be home with her so badly. So this time around I will be staying home until they start school.

Eliza - posted on 07/22/2010

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I was a classroom teacher but I am now a full time stay at home mom. We want to have two kids and when the youngest enters kindergarten I will return to work.

Kayla - posted on 07/21/2010

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I intend to stay home to raise my daughter. I understand this is not a reality for every family, but there are also thing that can be done to eliminate excess expenses for what's important. I know some families who have reduced to one car, moved to an apartment, canceled cable tv etc. Cloth diapering and breastfeeding save money too. I don't agree with the idea that my daughter could be raised by anybody other than her parents for any period of time. Not to mention, unless the job is fairly well paying, it would barely cover the cost of child care and the switch to formula.

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Angela - posted on 08/02/2010

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Sarah: Apply at a Casino in your area... the work available is usually evenings and weekends... that is what I do... although I hope to be on a day shift when I get back! :)

Sarah - posted on 08/02/2010

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WOW...thanks for all your wonderful stories.

I am still trying to find a way to be a Stay-at-Home Mom when my mat leave is up. I really need to crunch some numbers and see if it's even possible for our family.

I'm thinking about Part Time (evenings and weekends) or maybe working a couple of days a week or some job sharing.

I have been reading a really great book "Strategies for Stay at Home Parents" and it's been very informative on what to expect when you are a SAHM. I would recommend it to all of you who are contemplating your decision.

Any idea of a PT job I could do on Evenings and Weekends? Not waitressing....did that for a few months....it's not for me.

Jennie - posted on 07/31/2010

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I'm so glad that I've gotten to stay home with my son this long, and it's been a wonderful year! Unfortunately, I too have to go back to work in just 2 weeks. I'm totally heartbroken, but financially, it just has to be done. I keep telling myself that babies do this all the time, and he'll probably transition easier than I will. I'm a preschool teacher, and he'll be able to come to school with me in the spring to our toddler classroom, so I'm very fortunate there too. So it's just the next 6 months or so that will be tricky. He'll be close to my school though, and I'll get to go nurse him during my lunch break, so I just keep trying to think of the positives...

Angela - posted on 07/30/2010

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I wish I could stay home but come August 22nd I have to go back to work as a supervisor in one of our local casino's. I am part time but part time there can be working anywhere from 1 day a week to 5 or 6... It is awful to even think about it right now. I almost have an anxiety attack thinking about it.

If I wasn't a single momma that has to work to take care of my baby girl... and if I had the choice to stay home I would... hands down! I think that it will be harder on me than it will be on her... she loves to be around other children and I found a great home daycare that supports me in the way I have chosen to raise her! I just can't believe a year has almost gone by already! The last thing I remember was September 30th... giving birth... blinking and my girl is now 10 months old!

Natasha - posted on 07/30/2010

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my husband isnt working so i guess i have too really dont want to but im not living of her shild support check and hes not either so i got to do something y dont ask me

Susie - posted on 07/29/2010

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I went back to work when he was 6 weeks. Not by choice but we really needed the funds. My husband is a seasonal firefighter so he was my babysitter for the first 6 months. Now that he's back at work I only work 1 day of week. I'm a manager at a fast food chain but luckily my bosses are cool with me only working the one day a week. It's really good for us because I love being home with the kids.

Tracy - posted on 07/29/2010

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i returned to work part time in march that was working ok but my employer requested that i return full time as of the 1st of july. i resigned on the 23rd as the stress, pressure and lack of flexibilty i was given was not worth the effort. my children are far more important than a few extra dollars in the bank. working part time i am happy to do but full time means i miss out on alot of the fun of being a mum. for now i am staying home again will see wat the near future brings.
i was working in customer service it was hard to be happy and do my work to the highest standard while i was missing my children.

Kristy - posted on 07/28/2010

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I am staying home with my son until he goes to school. I did it with my oldest. I am both lucky & blessed that I get to be a "professional" stay at home mommy :)

Tiffany - posted on 07/28/2010

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I have decided not to go back to work. At first we thought about it, but the cost of daycare is very expensive where I live so it wouldn't make it worth it to me to let someone else raise my child and the thought of him calling someone else mommy kills me. We sat down and went through our finances and decided to just simply cut back on things and we are making it work. Good luck to you. You will do what is right for you and your family!

Mylene - posted on 07/28/2010

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I have no choice but to go back to work full time when baby is one year old. I am scheduled for Sept 7th. I work in a call centre as a customer service rep. I am lucky that grandma is going to babysit until she is two. Once she can speak enough to let us know if something is amiss, then we will start daycare.

Kathy - posted on 07/27/2010

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I'm going back in August instead... I left work mid August and in canada its 52 weeks, so 52 weeks after I left I have to go back if I want my job guaranteed...I wish we could afford for me to stay home, but we just can't. However when we have our second I'll only work pt nights because I'm not working 40 hours a week to pay daycare and have none left

Julia - posted on 07/27/2010

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im going back to work after 12 months but have decided to go in less stressful job in the bank and doing 9-3 for 3 days instead of part time while my mum looks after lily when im at work.

Danielle - posted on 07/27/2010

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I went back to classes when Sammach was 3 months and am heading back for Fall semester. My husband and I talked about me going back to work, but here is MI I would be lucky to get a minimum wage job flipping burgers. And at that point any income I made over childcare and traveling cost would be negligible.

Lisa - posted on 07/27/2010

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Hi I went back to work at 8 months, only part time.... it was hard, but now i quite enjoy work although i miss him i think it does him good to be with other people. I work for the NHS in a maternity unit, and since having Kaelan it's really opened my eyes. Good luck

Jenny - posted on 07/26/2010

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I have been taking a course full time since my son was 4 months and will be starting a new job within the next week.(10 1/2 months)
I would love to stay home untill he started school, but finacially not possible.

Buffy - posted on 07/26/2010

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I meant to say our son will be almost 3! I accidently stated he would be almost 2 when I graduate from college. Time is flying and he is about to turn 1 already. WHEW! My mind is frazzled between school, home, and our son. :)

Chloe - posted on 07/26/2010

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I returned to work when my girl was 6months, i had no choice as my husband was made redundant! I work 4, 5 hour days, but will be on maternity leave again by november as am pregnant with number two! :)

Amanda - posted on 07/26/2010

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My husband has been working two jobs for awhile now and in order for him to get some relaxation I took back my part time job. I work at qdoba mexican grill. My husband and I don't work in careers because we are college students, but we still find a way to pay all of our bills and make it.

Vanessa - posted on 07/26/2010

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Im retuning to work TODAY!! We were plannign on me not having to return to work but It seems to of gotton harder to live at the moment... So Im only going back casual at this stage its 2 days 4hours a day shifts so not to bad and both sets of grandparents will be looking after my little man, I wouldnt be going back if he had to go to child care it wouldnt be worth it! paying then to have him would mean I would not take home much cash...
I work in Retail (In a BABY SHOP)
Im looking forward to it but I hate leaving Darwin...

Buffy - posted on 07/26/2010

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I am not returning back to work untill I graduate from college in 2012. Then my son will be almost 2 and I will have made arrangements for his care upon graduation. I am planning on having him potty trained by the time I am putting him in care for my schedule. I should be returning back to work soon after i graduate and I will be able to afford his care then fully. It is too expensive to use daycare at his age now and I do not want my son sick all the time. I learned this when my two daughters were young. I am happy I can be a stay at home mom and have classes online so I can maintain my attention on my son. I am fortunate.

Jennifer Ann Saunders - posted on 07/26/2010

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I went back to work when Henry was 3 weeks old and worked part time (25-30 hrs per week), but I was able to take him to work with me. I was back to full time by the time he was 6 weeks old. He started daycare at 5 months.I work in public accounting. Many of my friends took full advantage of the FMLA act and did at least 12 weeks.

Dorice - posted on 07/26/2010

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money is so important nowadays, so i have to work to earns some money and helping my hubby raising my baby..i started went back to work when my baby was 2 months,

Erica - posted on 07/25/2010

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I went back to work as a waitress/bartender 1 week after delivery of my son. When he was 8 months old, i got a second job cleaning a hospital. All together, my hours only total maybe 35 and I am lucky enough to have my parents still living in the same town so I don't have to worry about all my money going towards daycare and grandma and grandpa get their fill of grandbaby. I work evenings and my husband works 1st shift so they are only "used" on an as needed or as wanted basis.

Carly - posted on 07/25/2010

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I won't go back to work till my son is in kindergarten. I am having way to much fun doing to mommy and baby playdates to work! Luckily I don't have to worry as my boyfriend makes enough money for us to live well.

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I planned to stay home, but now that mat leave is ending, we are pretty worried about $. We just found out I'm preggo again, and a new daycare just opened on our street, which is SO GREAT, so if I get a f/t job (had one interview so far - I am a communications specialist) for this pregnancy, Heidi can go to this lady's house, I can have a full paycheck (which MORE than pays for the daycare and gas to get to work), AND get EI again in March when I have #2. After that EI runs dry, my husband will be due for a promotion (he's Army) and I then plan to stay home full time until they are in school. I am really hoping that all works out. But my biggest problem will be leaving Heidi every day. I am not sure how I'll handle it emotionally...

Michelle - posted on 07/23/2010

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I am already back and work. Actually went back to work when my son was 12 weeks old. I have worked FT since before I had my first son.

Lisa - posted on 07/23/2010

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I wish I could stay home and be a stay at home mommy, and do Photography from home.
But my husband is going back to school this fall to get his BA and I'm more then likely going to have to work 2 jobs to be our source of income. (its killing me, knowing I will hardly see her. My husband better friggen love me :P )

Ashlie - posted on 07/23/2010

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I went back to work full time when Courtney was four and a half weeks old. Then this summer I started going back to school and in a week or so I'll be a full time college student. It all depends on you and your situation.

Melissa - posted on 07/23/2010

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My daugther is 10 months old and I just had a job interview today. My decision depends on if can find a job. I would prefer part-time, but even that's hard to find in my area. I work in the teaching field, but I may change it for my daughter until she goes to kindergarden. I'm thinking of taking classes to be qualified for a work-at-home job. I would love that.

Sophie - posted on 07/23/2010

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I'm very lucky that I don't have to go back to work, I was in a temporary job when I found out I was pregnant so when that ended that was it. Finlay does go to nursery two days a week, partly to socialise with other children his own age and partly to allow me time to study. I'm a part time student doing a physics undergraduate degree with the Open University. I'm hoping to go into research once Finlay and any siblings are at school.

Nichole - posted on 07/23/2010

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I didn't want to go back to work, but I had to...we need the money. My son is 10 months, I just recently went back. I work at the mental health clinic. Right now is the summer program so I have 2 more weeks of working 4 days a week 8:30-3:30 and I am on call for crisis situations. When the school program starts this fall I will work 4 days a week 3-6pm and continue to be on call. I'm hoping to get a temporary second job to help with our money situation, but am dreading missing alll that time with my baby boy.

Veronica - posted on 07/23/2010

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I went back to work when my twins were four months old.Although i wanted to stay at home and raise my twins i couldn't because of financial reasons. But i am happy because my mother in-law and my sister in-law takes care of them everyday and they are doing a very good job of it. I consider myself very lucky becuase i don't pay them anything and people like that are hard to find these days. I thank god for them.

Keri - posted on 07/22/2010

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I'm staying home. Though sometimes I'd like to do 2 days just to keep in the swing of things & to take the steps not lose me in the whole motherhood things but what you going to do? The thought of leaving her in someone elses care is not something I'm happy to do. I'd rather she learn her bad habits from me he he he! Good luck :)

Melissa - posted on 07/22/2010

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Sadly no. I can't go back to work simply because I can't afford daycare. But that's okay, because I've started my own business so I can be home with my little one! Anyone need any Graphic or Web Design done, just give me a buzz at Red Shell Design!

Kristy - posted on 07/22/2010

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I am a teacher. I am returning to work late Aug, when my daughter will be turning 1 year old. We made this decision because we would like to be financially able to give our kids opportunities to travel, play sports etc and have a fullfilled life with many experiences. We have a wonderful babysitter who is a family member. We believe our time with daughter is quality. Children need to understand that they can trust other people as well as know that they are loved not only by their parents, but other family and friends as well!

Patricia - posted on 07/22/2010

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You weren't the only one laid off. I was let go 4 weeks for my lo was born and the Tuesday following my work baby shower. My director didn't even come to the shower, because he found out I was being let go the day of the shower and said he could come because he felt so bad and didn't have any say in who was let go.

Patricia - posted on 07/22/2010

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I was laid off from work 4 weeks before my lo was born. I was paid through my maternity leave. Everyone said consider it a blessing. I am so greatful to be home with my little one. It has been great. I have been looking for work, but it is hard to find right now. My husband wants me to stay with our lo as long as I can because he says "No one will take care of him like his mommy can!" We will see what happens, but I keep looking.

Cecilia - posted on 07/22/2010

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Oh, I forgot to add that I am expressing twice a day at work, so no additional costs of formula for the time being!

Cecilia - posted on 07/22/2010

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I already started work two weeks ago. I now work part-time to have time to spend with Inés, so I went from 37.5 hpw to 19.5. I will miss the extra income but having two days at home with my little girl are definitely worth it!

I think it is important to combine the two successfully and hope that when Inés is older she appreciates that her mum tried to balance a family and a career. So far she has loved spending one day a week with the grandparents and the other two in nursery, where she gets to play with other children and learn new things.

Krista - posted on 07/22/2010

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I am going back Sept when Ava is one. I am an early childhood educator and my sister-in-law will be watching Ava. In a ways I am looking forward to going back to work, I miss the social interaction and I love my job. But I know its going to break my heart to be away from Ava and I am concerned about working all day with kids and then coming home to my daughter. Also not looking forward to being so tired from it all but I guess its all a matter of adjustment. Would love to just work part-time but financially not an option!

Sarah - posted on 07/22/2010

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I went back to work when Prince was barely 2 months. it was heartbreaking leaving him in the hands of a nanny at 8 weeks. My maternity entitlement was only two months and given that we need this income to stay afloat, I had to go back to work. I work somewhere in Kenya. I thought it was a very cruel thing to do. I would have taken my employer to a human rights court! it is just that things function very different in Africa. I am envious of those mothers who are able to spend a whole 12 months with them babies. Prince is now a grown boy he turns 10 months toady (July 22nd) Am normally away from him from 8 to 7pm everyday. I thank God for my husband because he helps alot with the baby especially now that he is on holiday.

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I went back to work PT, 12 hrs on weekend, when my little one was 6wks old. I will continue working and will be taking a class in the fall that will pull me out for 3 hrs 2 dys/wk. My husband was also considering letting me pull in more hours during the week...we'll see. He doesn't like having to be solely responsible for them after work, sinec I'd be working closes...It doesn't bother me to work, my husband's attitude when I leave the boys with him bothers me more then anything :)

Christine - posted on 07/21/2010

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Yes- it's kind of my plan to step up my jobsearch around Sept and find a job. I was laid off during my maternity leave in December (yes, it's legal!) and have done some jobsearching but haven't found the right fit. I help technology companies develop marketing programs for their resellers.

Would love to find a part-time position and/or one to continue working from my home office.

Will be hard to be gone all day, but I'm looking forward to getting out of the house more often :-)

Alison - posted on 07/21/2010

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I am returning back to work in August when daugher will be 11 months as I had a year off on maternity. I will be going back full time as we cannot afford for me to reduce my hours ( I am the main earner) I am a nurse & will be returning on night shifts (4 nights one week then 3 the next) as I am hoping that this way I will get to spend more time with her & also she will only need to go into nursery 3 times a week rather than 4 if I did days.

Jessica - posted on 07/17/2010

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I was planning to return to work when my son turned 1. Now that the time is almost here I dont think I can. Maybe we will try next year. I am a teacher.

Julia - posted on 07/17/2010

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I am going back to work full time come September. I work at a hospital as a scheduling clerk.

Emma - posted on 07/17/2010

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i went back to work when dylan was 7 1/2 months and i work full time although work 4 10 hour days so get a day off with him, and luckily for me i work at the same nursery he goes to although it isnt nice to hear him crying knowing i cant do anything xx

Bridget - posted on 07/16/2010

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I was laid off from my job as a Human Resources Administrator when I was just a few months pregnant, and I plan on looking for a new job starting in August/September but only part time. We dont need the income now, but in the fall or 2011 my husband is returning to school to get his MBA so I will have to work full time and I think it will be easier to find a job when we move if I have recent work experience. I am dreading it, but I think it will be good for my daughter to be with other kids for a few hours each week.

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