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November 23rd, 2011, 07:12 AM
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Have you always worked or did you take time out when you had your child(ren)? other then maternity leave of course.

When going back to work after a maternity leave or sah period, did things change much? did you enter then same field of emplyment?
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November 23rd, 2011, 08:23 AM
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I worked up until the Friday before she was born (which was a week after my due date, I was induced the next Monday night and she was born Tuesday). I had 12 weeks off (well I took 13, FMLA plus a week of vacation that was previously planned) then went back to my same job. Everything at work was pretty much the same, except I had to fit pumping into my day, but that wasn't really a big deal. I feel more stressed when traffic is bad because there isn't a "I'll get home when I can" since I need to pick up DD. And of course I miss her all day. If I had my choice I'd stay home, or only work part time, but that isn't financially possible.
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November 23rd, 2011, 09:16 AM
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I'm in Canada, so our mat leave is a year. I'm very glad I got it.

So I worked right up til the day she was born (she was 3 weeks early), and padded my mat leave with vacation. So when I went back to work, she was almost 14 months old. I went back to the same department, and was given a new project. I had a choice between this project, and applying/interviewing for another job when I came back.

Things hadn't really changed too much though. Couple new faces, a couple org changes, but for the most part, the department still manages the same scope of work, under the same mandate it always did.
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November 23rd, 2011, 11:11 AM
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I worked up until he was born and I went back after 9 weeks. Everything was pretty much the same when I went back.
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November 23rd, 2011, 05:08 PM
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I have worked and went back to work when the kids were only 6 weeks.

I got laid off twice before so I was home for 4 months with Breana when she was a baby and only a week with Xander.

I went back to the same job.
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November 24th, 2011, 09:38 AM
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I had just graduated college when Austin was born, and still working my college job at a busy convenience store. My plan was to be a SAHM after he was born, but DH's construction job at the time was really hit or miss. I went back to work at the convenience store when Austin was 7 months old, because I was borrowing money from my parents like they were an ATM. I continued to work there even after Aubrey was born. They were really flexible with my schedule, and we were able to keep the kids out of daycare while I was there. I left in Dec of 2007, worked for a year at an establishment contracted out to Comcast, then started the job I'm at now.
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November 26th, 2011, 09:06 PM
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I worked right up until I had them all and then went back 6 weeks after all of them
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November 28th, 2011, 08:24 AM
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I worked until I had them and took about 8 weeks off for both. I went back to the same job both times.
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November 28th, 2011, 10:52 AM
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I took 8 weeks off with my DD but was "on the bench" meaning I didn't have a project for the next 3, so it was more like 11 weeks. If there is a next time, I'm going to take 12 weeks off and see if I can come back part-time for the next 6 months. I'm not sure if I can but I'm going to ask.
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November 29th, 2011, 08:30 AM
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I took 12 weeks off. I took off at my due date and had her a week later. I got to spend 11 weeks with her before I came back to work. I came back to the same ole job, and same ole crap going on.

Next time, I think I might try working it out to come back earlier but only be part time.
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