Will definitely be looking into the Dad & partner pay - 2 weeks - it just means that he will take unpaid leave from work and take the government grant but need to look into the eligibility. He has a stack of sick / carers leave saved up so we might see if we can be cheeky and get the doc to give him a certificate for a couple of weeks so he can look after me! No paternity leave from his work at all....
So much talk about centrelink and the forms - so confusing! As I said, I actually printed out the form, filled in what I knew, marked down all the questions I had. I called them and was on the phone for 40 minutes but the lady I spoke to was really helpful (lucky me). I have now pretty much completed my form - just need to enter TFNs, bank details and income. I know that now I have all the information I won't have too much trouble when it comes to submitting the form online. I am due 19th Feb and so she said that anytime in December is fine to submit, so I will do it on my last couple of days at work in mid December I think.
mrsoptimistic - hope you're doing ok, what a nightmare it sounds like you're going through but like you said as long as everyone has a close eye on bubs and its' healthy thats all that matters...I love anything by John Grisham (books I haven't read for years), loved the Twilight series (lol). Other good books I've read off the top of my head are The Kite Runner, A Fine Balance & oh you know what is a great book - The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet. I'm a catholic but this book is all about explaining buddhist ways of life through the characters of Winnie the Pooh - a very inspiring book (almost made me want to become a buddhist when I read it haha but definitely made me think about the way I go about things) - Massive recommendation. If you want baby books to read - I've got What to Expect When You're Expecting (has been great), Birth (OK, but not as great) and Baby Love which one of my friends lent me and I havent started yet but supposed to be awesome
Has anyone thought about childcare for when you go back to work (if you are going back). I plan to be home for at least a year then go back to work after that. There is a new child care centre opening up accross the road from work in April next year, I have sent in my registration form for 2014, but just wondering if it is too early as bubs isn't even born. Just waiting to hear back from them about the fees etc. Will continue to look around at other places too, but this place would be so handy!
Hey everyone havent been in here for ages due to the app. Being down and for some reason im constantly rejected out of any updates from this forum. Its so frustrating!!!!! Im looking at everybodys countdown tickers as i read the posts and gee talk about making me nervous!!!!! Some people are almost hitting the 12 week mark!!!! Im 23 weeks so soon i will be down there too lol. I would love to see pictures of peoples finished nurserys if anyone would like to post i would be happy to admire lol and i will put one up of mibe when its done in case anyone is ibterested lol. Nothing exciting happening with me just trying to fullfill some personal goals before baby arrives hope everyone is well and coping
I'm not going to worry about childcare, I can't justify the expense of it, I would rather stay at home with the kids and just sacrifice for a couple of years while we are on one wage. But that is a personal choice, and its not for everyone.
Broomdyke, I am still waiting on DH to paint our nursery so that I can get stuck into decorating... hopefully this week he will finish it!
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