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    Default Mummy's Returning to Work.....Support Thread

    Hi Chickadees,

    I thought we should have our own thread that we can use to support each other through our return to work!
    Can't wait to talk to you all....I have two weeks to go before I leave my gorgeous Zara to go back to work!

    Linleyxxx

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    Hi again Linley!

    Thanks for starting this thread. I know that I'm going to need all the support I can get!

    Introductions: I'm Kimba, I'm returning to work 4 days a week this Tuesday. My DS Jethro (Jet) is only 5.5 months old and I feel so bad about leaving him and a bit guilty and mixed up about whether I should be sacrificing more, in order to spend more time at home.

    We've arranged family daycare 4 days a week, from 8am till about 1-2pm, as DH is a shift worker and home around lunchtime, so he'll look after Jet in the afternoons. So bub will still be at home a fair bit, just not with me! I'm going to miss him so much

    I'm in a bit of a quandary at the moment trying to work out what the best arrangement is for balancing work and family. I've committed to returning to work 4 days x 8 hours/ day, but I'm already thinking it's going to be too much.

    Trying to decide now if I should do less hours on my 4 days, or if it'd be better to just do 3 longer days at work and cut one more day at daycare, or do 5 days just in the afternoons and not use daycare at all (although that could be very tricky if DH has to work back).

    Anyway I'll figure it out over the next couple of weeks and I just hope work and daycare will be flexible enough to change arrangements if need be.

    Looking forward to meeting other mums in the same situation and supporting each other through this challenge!

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    I'm also heading back to work soon (seven weeks away)
    What a great idea for a thread - I'm sure we're all going to need support.

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    Hi Ladies,

    I thought i would join in on this thread since i am a working mother.

    I know how you all feel i have been working since dd was 4 1/2 mths and when i went back to work it was five days but since aug it i only work 4 days. which ive had to drop to a lower position and payrate but i think it was better for me and dd who is now 15mths.

    I am lucky that dd gets cared for by her grandparents three days and one day she comes to work with me as i work at a daycare centre. (trust me its hard having her at the centre i work especially if she sees me and starts crying.)

    It was tough at first but it does get easier being a working mother i think also since i look after lots of other peoples children it makes me feel less guilty as i see so many other people in the same boat as me and i know how they are feeling when they leave their child.

    Some of the children i care for have been there since they were babies and i have watched them grow into happy healthy children.

    Just remember to stop listening to other peoples opinion and smart remarks as you know that you are providing for your child.

    if you need anyone to talk to just pm i am a good listener

    goodluck

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    Count me in.
    I go back to work in 3 weeks. I am going back part time, 3 days a week. My DD will be 10months old, she will be with my mum and sister one day each and at daycare one day. I hate that I have to leave her.

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    I've been working now for 9 weeks.. I have one mroe week to go until the Easter Holidays (i'm a teacher aide so I think that makes it easier)
    Cobey's 8 months and has adjusted well to the whole daycare situation. He has 3 days with MIL and 2 days at a local daycare for the socialisation aspect.
    I'm still breastfeeding so add that to another reason that I'm incredibly tired (along with the whole baby thing, the teething thing and the illness thing)

    I think a big trick is to keep youself busy at work!

    Good luck those returning to work. I shed a lot of tears on that first day.

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    Hi all!

    I've been back at work since the end of Jan 2007. I'm only a casual and usually get 1 and half days a week or 2 and a half.

    My DD is 14mths old and goes with my mum for the full day of work and with a friend of mine (who has a DD one month older than mine) for the half day. And the other day I sometimes work is on the weekend so my DH has her.

    It was very hard at first as I hadn't been away from DD very much at all. But now she doesn't cry at all when I leave. Both my mum and the other sitter have issues getting DD to sleep as DD usually goes to sleep BFing. This is something I'm not sure how to tackle. My mum can spend the time patting her and rocking her but the other sitter has her own DD to take care of so can't really do that. She is usually relieved when I turn up as both girls are usually driving her crazy by then.

    I don't wish to go back to work full time at this stage as I'm also studying via distance ed. I suffer so much guilt when I'm at work and when I'm at home studying - I feel I should be spending more time interacting with DD but at the same time think she is learning to play individually when I leave her to her own devices.

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    Count me in as another person to wish you all luck and support.

    I just returned to the world of the working this week. 25 hours which will have to flexible to some extent but I'm going to try to mostly pack it into 3 days. Travel interstate is also required which I am just dreading. I am still Bf'ing my 15 mnth old who will be staying with my mum and 3yo DD is doing 1 day with mum and 2 days at kindy/ daycare.

    So far .......my heart hurts and so does my brain but you gotta do what you gotta do. lets hope next week is a little better.

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    Wow girls, you are all coming out of the wood work so to speak and I am so glad! It is great to know that DH and I are not the only one's in this situation.

    I am Linley....back to work in two weeks, Zara will be 7 months old then and will be going into daycare five days a week. I feel horrible about it but don't have much choice, I tried to get the boss to agree to me working my 38 hours over four days but he didn't like that idea...men hey? So, I am going to give it a go and if it doesn't work out then I'll have to look at working weekends instead.

    Thank you all so much for posting, I look forward to sharing our experiences and supporting each other!

    Linleyxxx

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    Linley, don't feel too bad about daycare, My centre is beautiful, Cobey is SO spoilt, it's great

    He comes home with great artwork (see icon) and when I mention it's someone's birthday they make sure that he "paints" a card for them. We have one for Grandad sitting on the table, waiting for Monday.

    I think daycare is great for the social side of things as well.. I can't take Cobes to playgroup anymore so he gets daycare playgroup instead



 

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