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As you can tell by my ticker, DH and I plan on TTC soon. I was planning on taking 2 months off after the baby is born but I'm afraid that if I take time off I will lose the kid(s) that I'm babysitting. Right now, I just have 1 kid but the mom is expecting and due in October. If she wasn't having a baby, I could possibly start babysitting again after a few weeks. I just don't think I could handle 2 babies and a 2 year old a few weeks after having a c-section.
If you've taken time off after having a baby, how long did you take off and how did the parents feel?? Did any of them find other care??
=May '05 and '11
Last edited by queenofthecastle; February 24th, 2011 at 10:48 AM.
I would love to do that, unfortunately I don't have any family close and I don't know many people in this town because we've only lived here a bit over a year. I hate that I could lose them as clients because they are great about paying me (even though they don't like to pay me for the days that their son isn't there....LOL) and their son is very well behaved.
I planned to take off 4 weeks with my daughter (I set aside money for that long), but I told everyone 4-6 weeks, just in case I ended up with a C-section for some reason. (I had never had a C-section, so maybe I was fooling myself, but really I had no choice, 6 weeks was all I could afford). I had 3 families I was working with at that time. No one quit on me because of my leave. I did lose one family because her job changed to work at home, but the other 2 found good back up care and I did end up taking off 6 weeks because I was having trouble getting nursing established.
I was very worried about this too, but I think ultimately my families were happy with how things were going with me and they felt it was easier to replace me for 4-6 weeks than to do it permanently. One family got a neighbor of theirs who would not have wanted to take on the kid permanently, but who was glad to pick up the extra money for those few weeks.
Thank you to Lillibugsmommy for my beautiful siggy!
I was scared of the same thing because I had gained kids in the past because I was their "temporary" care while their current provider was on leave, then they ended up just staying with me. I was afraid the same would happen with mine, so I took as little time off as possible. I never had a c-section, but for both of my kids that were born since I've been doing daycare, I took about a week and a half off. My husband was off work to help me out for two weeks after that, then I was back on my own after those two weeks. So I guess I would suggest also trying to find someone to help you out after a couple of weeks in your home if possible. I've seen providers looking for help like that on craigslist before, so that might be an option if you don't know anyone that could help you. If your families really like you, they will find a way to make it work, I'm sure, but I was always just so paranoid.