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    Default Working moms - What are your plans?

    What kind of maternity leave are you taking?


    If taking leave, do you have a set date or working till the very end?


    Will you be going back to work after baby or switching to SAHM?



    Anything special you are hoping to do?


    SAHM moms - Anything you have planned for the months after baby comes. Will your LO's go to camp or preschool?
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    What kind of maternity leave are you taking?
    I will be taking the full 12 weeks we are allowed. Luckily, 6 are fully paid and since we will be pulling DS out of daycare it will help with the lack of income for the other 6 weeks. When I took this job I made sure that was part of the deal

    If taking leave, do you have a set date or working till the very end?
    Last time my water broke at my desk, lol! So I plan on working up until the last possible day unless the doctor makes me do something otherwise. I like to spend all my maternity leave with baby and at home

    Will you be going back to work after baby or switching to SAHM?
    Going back. Even with the cost of 2 kids in daycare, we still need my income. ALthough I would give my left arm to stay at home, I do like what I do most days. It's just hard balancing liking my job and missing my babies so much.

    Anything special you are hoping to do?
    I'm just excited to spend time with DS that I don't normally get to spend. We all get to bond and spend so much quality time together. I'm grateful for that.
    Also, if she is doing well, I am hoping to make a trip to Michigan at the 2 month or so mark.
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    I haven't worked since 2007 when my DD was born
    In Canada we get 52 weeks of maternity leave, with about 60% pay during that year. At least that's what it was back then, not sure if it has changed much. After my year was up with DD, I informed them I wouldn't be coming back.

    My kids will just be finishing up school for the summer in the weeks after baby is born. We'll have a fairly lazy summer (with one trip to stay at my IL's lake house) and then my big kids will go back to school as usual in the fall. DD will be in grade 1 (finally full time school, she's in half-day Kindergarten this year), and DS1 will be in his second year of preschool (he attends a full day preschool for kids with hearing loss). So it will just be me, baby, and my crazy 1 year old at home
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    What kind of maternity leave are you taking?
    I will be taking the full 52 weeks offered here in Canada. Pay is only 55% of our normal wage for that time so things will be tight financially.

    If taking leave, do you have a set date or working till the very end?
    I'm planning on working until I can't anymore. I work from home in my basement so it's flexible. I can start my leave anytime now but I'd rather spend as much time with baby as possible. Last time I quit work 3 days before my scheduled c-section.

    Will you be going back to work after baby or switching to SAHM?
    Yes, going back to work. I make too much money for it to be worth me staying home. Also, I'm not cut out to be a SAHM.

    Anything special you are hoping to do?
    Spend loads of time with baby and DD. Go for lots of walks and play dates with my mom friends. I have lots of friends with kids DD's age who I visited a lot while on maternity leave with DD...I miss them so much! A lot of them are SAHMs so they are around a lot. I'm hoping for several beach and camping trips this summer.

    SAHM moms - Anything you have planned for the months after baby comes. Will your LO's go to camp or preschool?
    We will be downgrading DD to 2 days a week at daycare initially. If we can't afford it, we'll take her down to 1 day. She loves her daycare friends and I'd feel terrible pulling her out completely. Also, her daycare is a learning/preschool type environment so she learns a LOT from there.
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    PS so completely jealous of Canada's maternity leave!!! I get 12 weeks, but I know not everyone can even get that let alone part of it paid

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    We will be downgrading DD to 2 days a week at daycare initially. If we can't afford it, we'll take her down to 1 day. She loves her daycare friends and I'd feel terrible pulling her out completely. Also, her daycare is a learning/preschool type environment so she learns a LOT from there.
    I'm trying to figure out what to do about this. Our daycare/school is full-week and does not offer options for 1-2 days a week I know he is going to miss his friends and the activities, but we simply can't afford it while I am out. Also, I want him home with me most of the time for selfish reasons.

    I'm trying to find some daycamp options that are 1/2 day here and there for the summer and mix it up with swim lessons and gymboree type of stuff. He might do a week at Sea World day camp if my MIL can take the week off (she's offered to take him and we would pay for it - preschoolers need a guardian)

    I'm blessed to have a lot of help, my mom and MIL, so I can take him to the pool, park, library etc and have someone stay with the baby.

    I don't want him to be bored, but summers here are HOT! I hibernate in the summer (its like reverse summer, lol) and I have never stayed home with him since he was born, so to be honest, I don't know how to be a SAHM for 3 months.
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    SAHM with homeschooling. I want to continue on with schooling a week or so off after baby is born, but DH wants a full summer vacation and start fresh in August. We will see.
    Don't have anything special planned. DH is supposed to have big upgrade to all the systems at work (which is worldwide) around the time the baby is born and will be doing a lot of overtime. I am also thinking about getting a weekend job or something, I need adult interaction.
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    Ya, our daycare is great. They value your business and having you off for maternity leave, and working with that, means that they almost guarantee you'll put your infant in their daycare too when you go back to work. It's great (and makes a lot of sense). We don't have a lot of control over which days she goes though because they try to mesh up the part time kids evenly across the week.

    I wouldn't be able to handle Florida in the summer.
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    I have been a SAHM since nov 2011. I planon doing things out of the house a lot! I'm excited for warmer weather to get here for outside time
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    We are homeschooling and have 7 days left in the year, yay! I wanted to get done before baby got here so we took basically no days off during the school year. I need the summer to get in a routine, before we start back again. It takes me awhile to adjust! Nothing special with the kids, we will probably stay home most of the time. My mom will stay with us a few weeks after baby is born, so she will help a lot with the two older ones.
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    What kind of maternity leave are you taking?

    I am taking around 17 "school" days off. Then I'll have off July and August, and then school will start.

    If taking leave, do you have a set date or working till the very end?

    I'm still deciding. My due date is Memorial day weekend, but once you are overdue (which I asssume I will be) you have a lot more appointments. I'm thinking I won't go back after Memorial day.

    Will you be going back to work after baby or switching to SAHM?

    Back to work. We can't afford to have me not work even with all of the daycare costs, and mortgage stuff.

    Anything special you are hoping to do?

    Hopefully, be able to still do fun stuff with the older kids.




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