Welcome @82coolbeans how exciting that you are PUPO, congrats! Do you know when your blood test is yet?
@katt1011 nothing yet unfortunately but I'm feeling twinges and cramps so maybe that means something is happening in there Every time I go to the toilet, I think how this could be it! I think I'm going to celebrate when af arrives, lol
@mrsthomo your comment made me smile. What you said would be a dream and I hope it comes true for you one day. My heart bursts with love for my daughter several times a day, it's an amazing journey and I'm still at the start. I can't wait til you get to experience it too Hun. My mum had 10 years off work when I was born.
@Billie2 I honestly meant no offence either. I was planning to be a SAHM this time around but my parents retired and said they'd help with babysitting for a year or so and if I went back for this short term, the leave options are much more flexible to reenter the workforce, which makes it easier. To be honest, having a newborn was a shock to the system as I really had no idea what I was in for. I know back then I thought that work was the easier option. It's definitely gotten easier and I love being a mum but as we know, it's always going to have it's challenges. If I'm completely honest, I sometimes do feel like I'm in the minority when I say that I don't like having a break and I feel like I must be weak that I don't want to work and strive for a career. I went to uni and was so dedicated before I became a mum but my focus has completely switched. My colleagues often ask me when I'm going to go FT as that's what a lot of mums do at my work after a small time being PT but there's no pressure from above to do so thankfully. I look around at all the other working mums around me and often think I need to harden up as I really struggle with the small amount of work I do. There is a big part of me that admires their strength to get the job done and go for a career but it's just a drive I don't have.
I'll obviously go back to work one day as like @katt1011 said, things cost money. We have already had to do our daughter's enrolment for school as we have a private college right near us and it's booking out already and she is still so young. I went to a similar school but in the next suburb from where I live now so we were pretty certain as to where we wanted to send her.
I can't believe how much some of you ladies have had to pay for your cycles. It's shocking to be that much out of pocket but I had heard that fees can vary greatly. Ours was $4k out of pocket for our fresh cycle and will only be $2k for our FET.