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I agree kb0420, it is hard to be away from dd all day and be so tired at night and be rushing in the a.m. and not really having any good quality time for her during the week..lately I think she is feeling it with changes to my work hours over the last 6-8months and the pg making me more tired..I feel so bad and so guilty. And I need to work a full time shift..but I think I will keep her home while on maternity leave since she will more than likely start a new daycare when I return..
Keegan Nicholas Edd 7/8/11
Posts: 2914 1/23/11 3:35 P
Most definitely being away from my baby for so many hours everyday and not having enough quality time to spend with her before bedtime. Everyday is rush, rush, rush in the morning then exhaustion each night. Then the weekends are just too short.
The only problem with living in South Florida is to trade quality of living for being a SAHM, it would mean living in a lower economic neighborhood with failing schools and crime. I can't sacrifice that way of living while at school age. Me and DH are too settled in our jobs and it's one in which you can't just transfer to another city or state without having to lose retirement and start all over. We're both 37 and starting over would be insane at this age. For now, I will continue to work and be there for my daughter as much as I can.
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Posts: 2 1/18/11 11:44 A
i think the stress of the job itself and the commute are the largest challenges for me.
i love to work but sometimes the demands of my job while i'm there leave me very depleted by the time i get home. im working on trying to get this better or more balanced for myself
Posts: 899 12/15/10 11:20 A
I guess I'm fortunate - I can't imagine NOT going to work, and I know that my husband will be able to be home some mornings during the week while my mom takes care of our litle one. I get every other Friday off and feel like I'll be able to see more than a lot of other people. So grateful!
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Posts: 3002 9/25/10 12:01 P
Oh so many challenges! When my son was very young(2 and under)and his development was going so fast, I felt like I missed out on so much of that. I also missed out on exercise b/c I didnt want to give up what little time I did have with him to go an workout. I also found it INCREDIBLY challenging to perform well at work in the first year when I was totally sleep deprived.
Although I realize that its no panacea, I cant help but feel a bit envious of SAHMs.
Posts: 11 9/20/10 10:52 A
My husband and I are expecting our first in early January 2011. My job is very family-friendly in that it doesn't require overtime and never requires working on weekends. However, it is pretty boring right now. My career has come to a screeching halt, with no room for advancement at the moment thanks to the economy. So, for me, at this point, I would rather be a stay-at-home-mom once the baby is born and do some legal work on the side. (I'm a lawyer) But, right now, we need my income. The good news is that my mom plans to watch our baby for us for little to no compensation. (Believe me, we've tried to come up with a price to pay her, but she won't even think about taking money!) And, I'll be able to see baby boy almost everyday at lunch time. But, it's going to be hard because I don't want to feel like my mom is raising my child instead of me and my husband. I worry about that a lot. Will he know that I'm mommy and that he means the world to me even though I can't be with him all day everyday? For me, that's the hardest question to balance with working.
Posts: 71 9/14/10 7:23 P
Gosh, reading so many of these posts here I have to say I totally sympathasize with the challenges you are all facing. I have to say, this is my first and 19 weeks 6 days and I still work a pretty full schedule, but since my boss made me her partner, I'm unloading a lot on my assistant and the other girls in the office and I can take time off as needed. My boss worked through her first two and hardly took time off while pregnant with her third as she and I were killing ourselves to build her business. She did take some sort of maternity leave with her third, taking 3 months off but coming into the office for a few hours every week and working at home and she insists that I will take at least 4 months off, I just don't see how, not as much a money concern as much as I can't see keeping up (I work in the fashion industry) with the business while caring for my newborn. I really want to spend as much of that 4 months as a SAHM, and maybe I can on my home computer/conferencing and e-mail and such. I just worry that one of my primary responsibilities will suffer by my divided time. It won't be little Caitlyn-Ashleigh for sure, but I still worry about my job.
Sorry to vent ladies, I know I don't necessarily have some of the daunting challenges some of you have and I know we're all going to do our very best and it'll work out for us!
Peace, health and blessings, Nicole
Posts: 3 7/8/10 8:58 P
For me the hardest part is leaving the kids, especially when they are crying. It is hardest when school first starts, after Christmas break, and after Spring Break. Being a teacher gives me summers at home though and I value those times. The general day to day what is hard? Keeping up on the housework and not feeling like I am placing a clean house and graded schoolwork over time with my kids. Too many things to do and not enough time to do them all well!
Posts: 18 7/7/10 4:19 P
The most challenging thing for me is laundry. 7 people, soon to be 8, our living room is Mt. Clothing. There's no room for anything else. And it's constant. No one ever has clean underwear or socks. I need a laundry fairy!!
Posts: 206 7/6/10 9:54 A
I use to think that being a SAHM was overrated and that working would allow you to have that break (before I actually had my kids). When I was pregnant with my first I was put on bed rest at 5 months and I didn't really get out the house until I went back to school when she was 3 months old. And my husband worked two jobs so I spent most of my time home with her doing all the work, so I welcomed the opportunity for a change of scenery even though it was a few hours a day. But for this baby I actually looked forward to taking my maternity leave so I could get AWAY FROM work. And I'm a busy person, but it didn't bother me one bit staying home for six weeks. I enjoyed every minute of the day the spent with my LO crying spells and all and I felt like I was able to be a better mother to my little girl b/c I wasn't tired and stressed from work. When you think about it, if you work a full 8-9 hour work day, your children spend more time with strangers or family (if you're fortunate) than they do with you b/c by the time you do get home w/ them its usually homework, dinner, chores, bath and then bed. I even find myself sometimes allowing the dishes to pile up so that I can spend more time w/ my kids.
Posts: 1680 6/17/10 12:18 P
For me the hardest part is giving up "me" time - I used to sing and play soccer and work out, and go to community events, political meetings etc. I have pretty much eliminated any non-work events that don't include my daughter and husband. I'm not saying it hasn't been worth it, but that was a hard choice to make. I never really considered giving up my career, and I am very happy that I am able to work. Thank goodness for daycares!
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Posts: 220 6/2/10 1:01 P
We are expecting twins in October and I am hearing about women quitting to be SAHM and wish that were an option. We need both of our incomes and some months both are not enough so I know that after the babies get here, we will need all the income. Plus and this is a biggie - I carry the medical insurance for the whole family. So even if we could manage on his income, we could never afford to buy our own medical - it is unbelievably expensive. A friend of mine has just him and his wife on and pays $1200 a month for medical.
So off to work I go. I just pray we find the right day care situation between now and then. Nashville had alot of recent flooding so some daycares are closed so it may be more of a challenge. I know that will be a key element of how happy I am to go off to work after maternity leave.
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Posts: 29 5/19/10 3:08 P
The biggest challenge for me is feeling like I have enough time with Hali while still getting everything accomplished. I try to live by the saying "housework can wait and kids are only little once". But sometimes it cant be avoided since I work two jobs and go to class. I feel a lot of times like I am letting her down and missing out. Now that I have another baby on the way, that fear is increasing. I hope I get to stay home but if I don't, I am going to try to spend as much time with them as possible. Also, judging by my fitness tracker, working out while working so much is hard to do. :)
Posts: 10 5/16/10 2:17 A
This is my 1st baby and I'm 16 weeks pregnant. I'm due Oct 25th and I really don't know what to expect as far as the bonding with my baby and my career demands. I am a Hairstylist / Colorist and I am fortunate enough to make my own schedule. I currently work only 4 days a week and plan to go down to 3 days once I'm back to work. I have strong feelings about being able to be with my baby for 4 days in a row and the other 3 days my partner will be with the baby. In my mind I justify this planning with the logic of after 4 days consecutively, I would want or need a break and that work will be my outlet. To be able to interact with adults and share information with my clients since I work in a heavily family oriented neighborhood where 75% of my clientele are families. Since I am very passionate about my work and absolutely love it, I feel that the two will balance each other out and I won't feel torn or guilty about being a working mom. Wow! when I read this it sounds like I have it all figured out, but i just can't shake the feeling of uncertainty. Because I've grown enough and been around long enough to know that things never go the way you planned lol
Posts: 10 5/13/10 9:11 A
In reply to dlandbabymake3...
Finding child care was the scariest part of going back to work for me. My husband and I interviewed several providers found for us through a screening service provided by my work, but that was a bust. In the end, we called the elementary school our neighborhood feeds into. The school secretary gave us the names of a few after school providers as well as some full-time providers. With just a few more phone calls we found a home day care which is a PERFECT fit for us and our daughter.
Having quality child care has made returning to work so much easier. It is definitely worth all the time you spend finding it.
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