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So originally my plan was to work up until my due date, since that's what I did with DD and ended up being a week late after that, but this time around I am not feeling as ambitious. I have a 4-year-old at home now and a longer commute, plus I'm 37 (ancient) and these final days are wearing on me. I want some downtime before this lil' guy comes! Anyway, I just told my boss that next Weds is my last day, which is a week before my due date. That's reasonable, right? He wasn't exactly over the moon about it (honestly, though, what the heck does he expect? I'm HUGE!), but was like, "Sure, whatever you need to do..." This is coming from a man who only ever thinks of his own needs, so I'm not surprised, but a, "Of course it's fine! You've been such a sport!" would've made me feel a little better. Oh well.
I've worked for men like that, just be happy you're not his wife!!! I know what you're saying, I worked right up until DS was born no problem, but now I'm 39 with a 5 year old and I'm really feeling it this time so I've already been backing off a bit. I worked too physically hard today and now I feel like a train wreck and it's just not worth it!
I think giving yourself downtime before baby comes is a great idea. I believe that giving yourself a mental break is so important for your health, and like you said, you have a 4 year old this time around, so it's a bit different . Your boss sounds like a typical man and just doesn't get it, lol
I was expecting that kind of response from my principal, but he was really nice about it. He said with all the issues I had prior with my previous losses, he thought I'd be gone all year and losing me two weeks early was great. Shocked me!
That kind of sounds like my boss when I was working in Alaska at a medical office. The first thing the boss could think of was how inconvenient it would be for her. But everyone else was real sweet about it. I'm glad you will be quitting! You've pushed through for long enough!
I hate, a little, that men just don't understand how darn hard if is to get out of bed...much less get to work when you are in the 3rd trimester. It's not fair! You deserve a darn medal for working all the way to 39 weeks. I know I would not have made it!! Great job....you know you have all of our respect