April 2013 Moms

Working moms?

I noticed we have many SAHMs on this board, but I am curious to see how many employed moms we have? and what do you do? and will you work after baby?

 

I'm a Dental Assistant and I work 4 days a week.  I plan to take 10 wks maternity leave, then return back to work.

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  • I am a massage therapist and esthetician and make my own schedule. I plan to go back to work but cutting down my hours. I think I will work 3 or 4 days, 5 hours per day. Hopefully that will work out!!
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  • I work part-time, but I haven't decided how I'll handle maternity leave, yet, because I'll only be one quarter away from being finished with my Master's when I have LO.  I might try to time the job search so that I can quit my current job (lame-o night audit gig) before I give birth and then start a new job after a few months.  Chances are that I'd have to quit without being sure that I'd find another job... but my sad little income doesn't contribute too much to our household anyway.

    I don't know if I'd really rush it. Our long-term plan is for DH to quit his job and be a SAHD when I get my "real" career going. He'd probably be okay with it if I opted to stay home through the first 6 months or so, though. Wink

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  • I work as well. I'm a mental health therapist for the local health region. i work full time but ideally i would like to work 3 days a week. i just don't know if that's possible because we have not had full time staffing in 3 or more years. 2 are out on medical leaves right now with their returns still in the air (and no one covering their caseloads). i don't think they are going to be happy when they find out i'm pregnant ( we get a year mat leave here, so it means long to be without staff if they can't find a replacement). i will request a decrease in time, but if its granted or not will be the question!
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  • I'm a musician, so I have many small jobs. I will no longer keep my church choir job so we can all go to church together (my husband has a church job too) I teach private voice lessons, and will cut back so I only have the students that come to my house. I will definitely continue my Arbonne business, because it is already a work-from-home deal. I'll keep singing, too, but most gigs don't require much time away, either. My husband and I talked about me being a SAHM even before we were engaged, so this is something I've been preparing for.
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  • I'm a full time RN and hope to work as long as I can until it's time to deliver but don't know how long I'll be able to last because my job is so physically demanding.  I work 3-4 days a week for 12.5 hrs - night shift 7 p - 7:30 am so sleep is already a challenge.  Will take 3 mos off after the baby comes...perhaps more if I've banked enough time :)
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  • Working mom here and will definitely work after baby.  I'm a CPA in management and work 40-45 hours a week most weeks.
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  • I am a Planner in the supply chain dept at a party goods company.  Provided no unforeseen circumstances I am definitely planning on working up to a week or so before birth and then will take about 10 weeks off.  I would love to be a SAHM but having the bigger of our two salaries really wont allow that to happen.  So our LO will be in full time day care unless we can find someone we really trust from church or family to watch ether full time or to supplement day care..
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  • I work in finance and plan to work after LO comes. I took 10 weeks with DD and will attempt the same.

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    I noticed we have many SAHMs on this board, but I am curious to see how many employed moms we have? and what do you do? and will you work after baby?

     

    I'm a Dental Assistant and I work 4 days a week.  I plan to take 10 wks maternity leave, then return back to work.

    I'm a teacher, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I will do after my baby is born. The timing works out great for this school year.... I am due in April, I get 6 weeks off, and then I only have to go back back for a few more weeks before the school year is finished and I have the whole summer off!

    I don't think that me not working at all is even an option, but my job is incredibly and all-consuming. I teach high school English, and while some days I love it, it's a lot. I have to deal with rude kids, angry parents, and I take on the emotional issues of students all the time. On top of that, I am always sitting on a huge stack of papers that need grading, or lessons that need planning, and I never have much time for myself. I don't know how I will balance that with motherhood, and I don't want to give so much of myself to my job that I don't have enough leftover for my child at the end of the day. I guess time will tell! 

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  • I work full time at a bank. DH and I had many discussions on this and when the baby comes, I am going to stay home. We also live in the middle of nowhere. I commute 40 minutes to work and DH commutes about 30. This was also a factor in me staying home. 
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  • Marketing Manager for Target Corp.  I will be working after baby, but plan to take the longest leave possible.  I'm lucky in that Target has amazing benefits, especially for moms. 

    Someday we'd love for me to be abe to stay home but it isn't in the cards quite yet.

     

     

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  • I'm also an RN but I work weekends. Right now I work two 12.5 hour day shifts in a row and get paid for 3 days (full time for us). I plan on taking between 8-10 weeks off and then going back. I am lucky enough to have a place to pump while I'm working and wonderful co-workers to help me out! DH is a fireman and his schedule rotates. I have off during the week to take care of  LO and take older sister to school. On the weekends that both DH and I work his parents are 15 min away to help out with daycare. Very lucky!
  • For now I am a 3rd year med student, but I hope to be a working mom one day.  I think I would like to be a pediatrician, but I'll have to see how my rotations go. DD goes to full time daycare so I feel like a working mom even though technically, I have to pay to be there! 

    ETA: My hours vary depending on what rotation I am in. I'm in surgery now so it's 80 hours/week. Luckily surgery is the hardest one so I won't always have weekends and call nights.  I had DD during the only summer break in med school so I had about 9 weeks home with her. This time around I am due in the middle of my OB/GYN rotation. As interesting as it would be to be pregnant and doing OB, I think I will stop before it.  I am hoping to do research next year to have an easier schedule before finishing up.  

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  • I'm not technically working but I go to vet school full time. There is no maternity leave in vet school so I am planning on attending class right up until I go into labor (this is in an ideal world with no complications of course) and returning as soon as I can. I am due April 12 and finals are April 15-19 so it should be interesting. 
  • I work full time in advertising.  I plan to take 8 weeks off and go back full time.  I would LOVE to stay at home but it isn't in the cards for us.  We like to do too many things that we wouldn't be able to if I stayed home.


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  • I work full time in sales.  I am hoping to take 8 weeks off after the birth.  DS has been in full time day care since he was 8 weeks old.  He loves it.
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  • I work full time for an environmental non-profit. I will take 12 weeks off, and would love to be able to stay home but I don't think we can make it work financially. DH is a high school teacher so at least he will be home for a few months when I go back to work after the baby comes. They will have good bonding time!
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  • I plan to keep working after baby arrives. I'm a consultant. The plan is to work from home the first year and have in-home nanny

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  • I'm a retail manager, 40 hours/ week, mostly on my feet.  It's a physically demanding, fast-paced, sometimes stressful job for which I'm underpaid.  Unless I get promoted or am basically promised a promotion, I'll have to leave after having another baby, because my take-home pay after paying for childcare will be about $1.50 an hour.  Definitely not worth it.
  • I work full-time. I work from home on Fridays though. I wouldn't want to be a SAHM. It's just not for me. I will take the 12 weeks of maternity leave this time, as I did last time.

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  • Full time Email Marketing Project Manager for Brooks Brothers.  Only receive 6 weeks paid maternity but going to hoard my vacation days and add 2 weeks to that.  No way that I would be able to stay home : (  I'm sure it is going to be so hard.  My mom and MIL are teachers so hopefully i will have some help this summer and then daycare.

     

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  • I work full-time and will continue after this little one is born.  I will probably take 8 weeks off like I did w/ DD.  Although 12 wks has crossed my mind.  Would have been nice last time to be home a little bit longer. I am the Marketing Director at a Financial company.
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  • I am a Social Worker and work full-time, will definately be returning to work after having baby.

    I forget how blessed we are here in Canada, but I will be taking my full 1-year maternity leave (gov't pays around 400 per week and my work pays me 20% of my pay). It will be a pay cut but am definately looking forward to a year of bonding with my LO!

  • I plan on continuing to working full time after the baby is born. I will probably take 12 weeks of maternity leave before going back to work.

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  • I work full time in Community Development - I work on attracting business to our community. I will take a year off after the baby is born - as per the norm in Canada. 
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  • I'm already a working mom and will probably stay one, its just not in the budget right now for me to stay home.  I am a mortgage closer/processor.

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  • I'm a FT working mom now to a 1 year old.  I plan to go back FT after this LO too, after taking the full 12 weeks maternity allowed like last time.  I work in finance, enjoy what I do and am very happy having something outside the house, as hectic as it can be juggling it all.
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  • I work FT. I will probably take off a full 8 weeks and then come back one or two days a week for the last month before returning full time. Last time I was laid off at the end of ML, so I had six months at home.
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  • DH and I have been aggressively paying off our debt [just knocked out his SL's], so that I can come home after this LO. I work in the Registrar's Office at an online university and operate a photography business as well.

     

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  • I'm a pharmacist and I currently work 32 hours a week. Ideally I would take 12 weeks leave like I did with DS, but I was in the process of looking for a new job when I got pregnant and I still want a new job, so we'll have to see how things work out money wise since I likely won't be eligible for paid mat leave at a new job. Totally worth it to get out of the job situation I'm in though. Eventually I'd like to be down to 20 hours a week, but it'll be a bit before DH's pay allows us to take that step
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