Working after 2nd child...

Lauren - posted on 12/02/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Ok so I'm prego with 2nd child die in July and I'm so lost at what to do. I was home with my daughter for 4. Years and went back to work and after working for a year I'm prego again didn't expect it to be this soon but it happened and we are happy! But my thing is what am I going to come July or even sooner maybe cause I was put on bed rest with my first child at 5months then I decided to just stay home and babysit (which drove me nuts) but I did it to help with finances. Now I'm lost come July at what I am going to do if I'm going back to work or staying home my husband really wants me to work but I can't afford day care right now my daughter goes to my grandmas and I don't pay to send her there but I'm worried cause my grandma is getting older and has a lot of health issues and I'm afraid she won't be able to care for my child in the best way. I work 2nd shift from 230-1030 and I take my daughter there for an hour until my husband gets off work and sometimes it ends up later before he gets her cause of work issues that come up. Sometimes I worry about my 4. Year old being there but I know she can kinda do her own thing and my grandma doesn't need to really do much for her but with a baby she has to do a lot! I'm just really worried I was thinking about working causal call so that way I can kinda pick my own hours so if one night I can't go into work I don't have to or work hours that my mom is home like a 6pm-11pm that way my mom is home or my husband is home! I'm not sure how my job will take me going causal. Ugh I worry so much but I don't know what to do what did other moms do. I wish I would have just kept staying home like I was and never got a job but we needed the extra money. Also we have a business starting so I'm worried that will effect babysitting issues to.

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Lauren - posted on 12/04/2013

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We'll I looked into assistance and we cannot get it with both our incomes we both make to much and if I would quit my job my husband still makes to much. Also my daughter is in a preschool program 2days a week half days so she has interactions with other children already plus I babysit on my days off so she has lots of kids to play with haha we cannot get any help with anything it's crazy cause we could really use the help. I'm just thinking of going causal call at my job I am a cna and I will just pick up hours when my mother in law in home or my mom is home. They don't have any other positions open at my job so I can't really do 3 rd shift unless there is a position open

Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2013

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Well you could seek child care assistance. Most states offer assistance to family who fall within the guidelines. You would still have to pay a copay which is based off your income and eligibility, but it would help. Besides, I know it can be expensive for child care, but think about the interactions with other kids and relationships she will build with kids her own age. She is 4 also, which means she will be starting school around next fall, that could also greatly reduce child care costs because you would only need her in childcare for part time until your hubby gets off work. Adding another baby in, you can still try for the assistance. With my first child, I was a CNA. I would work the night shift and pick up extra shifts and work on holidays just to make the extra money. I didn't necessarily like it, but I had to do it. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices. Although, I wanted my child to be in a daycare center because I feel it is important for her to learn how to interact with other kids.

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