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    OP you are not crazy.... Some of us are made to be stay and home mums and some of us aren't.... I'm not. Don't get me wrong I love mat leave with my babies but f@rk... Looking after a baby and toddler full time... That's bloody hard work. Also, I love my paid job, when I am back at work I just have to make an effort to only work a normal (and not long day). Because I do value family time too.
    - in my work anymore than 12 months off and I think you are forgotten/screwed over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allie Pallie View Post

    I hate my current job, so that obviously makes a difference.
    Good point. I love my job, I think that makes a difference...

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    I wish I could've had longer maternity leave as I felt 11.5mths was still too young to go back part time, but I had to so I could keep my job.
    If you enjoy your job and want to, then go for it

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    Not crazy at all. I feel the same way and I'm yet to make a decision. Good luck x

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    Yes for me I'll always want to work in some capacity. Three days a week would be an ideal balance I think between caring responsibilities and career/work identity.

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    I want to work part time. It's hard to give up work completely when you have a career you've studied and worked hard for. I don't have to work at the moment. It's nice choosing... I hate being forced it and I've been in that position. Funny enough I would choose PT work but when forced to hated it. :-/

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    Me working isn't vital to our lifestyle, but I still prefer to work a few days a week, gives me an outlet away from babies, where I can be me, not mum, just for a while.

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    If you had asked me this when I first had my dd I would have said no way. But I went back to work out of necessity and it turns out work is good for me (I was quite lonely for the company of friends, other mums when I was at home, and I never did find a mothers/play group) and daycare has been great for dd. That said, full time work is to much work for a good balance for me.

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    I went back to work PT when DD1 was 14 months. She was with dh two afternoons and my mum on fridays. Dd2 is 13 months and i am in no way wanting to return to work. We live further away so DH is home later now andy mum watching her isnt an option. I'd like to stay home until the next baby( if we can fall pregnant) is at preschool.
    I work pt from home for DH's business, so that helps a little.

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    I dont think you are crazy at all, I think you are sensible wanting to preserve your ability to work. It sucks that it can be hard to get a job after a long period out of work but thats the way it is. Also having some savings is important, and you have a fallback in case your husband loses his job or cant work for some reason.

    Also your feelings are important, and if you enjoy working that is valid. Is your husband willing to give up his job to stay home? If not, he has no right to expect you to.

    If you can afford to take 2 years off and then return to the same job thats personally what i would do


 

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