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May 4th, 2013, 03:28 PM
jkgreen's Avatar Awaiting Our First Bundle
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Starting in June throughout the rest of the pregnancy, I will be only working 6 hours shifts. It is official and in the books at work. I know I'm going to regret my paycheck some days, but I think this is something that I have to do. I always end up working late anyways then it goes from a 7-8 hour day on my feet nonstop, to a 9-10 hour day. I just can't do that. I'm not always able to eat because someone always comes in.. and being impatient and need to get done now... 5 minutes more won't work with their schedule. So I had a conversation with my manager and she said she understood. Plus, we're hoping that it will make the less productive employees to step up and get moving when we won't be able to pick up the slack.

Anyone else reducing hours??? Or starting maternity leave earlier?

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May 4th, 2013, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by jkgreen View Post
Plus, we're hoping that it will make the less productive employees to step up and get moving when we won't be able to pick up the slack.
Haha, you know that isn't going to happen.

I am hovering around at the same hours but I have had my heavy duties taken off me, I used to be the person who did most of the heavy lifting and shifting and such, and now other people are rostered on to do those tasks... and 95% of them time they are now done half-assed which just makes work harder for everyone else, and because my boss is watching over me like a hawk (she caught me fixing up the hydraulic trolleys once because they were done wrong) it usually falls on my 64yr old colleague to do them, and really, she shouldn't be doing them either. Argh, it's so frustrating.

My last day of work is May 30th, I have to provide a medical certificate stating that I can work to work that 'long' into the pregnancy though because the standard time to take mat leave in Australia is 6 weeks prior to the EDD.
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May 4th, 2013, 05:50 PM
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Well, I had closed my "books" when my cervical issue came to light. My doctor said I could feel free to work though, provided I don't go crazy, so I've taken a few sessions. I'm still not accepting things like weddings and I'm thinking of making the end of May/mid June my cut off date. I just don't feel comfortable taking an appointment not knowing if I'll be able to keep it.

It sounds to me like you've made a well thought out decision that will be good for you and baby. I know what you mean about regretting the money lost but by that time we may all be glad to have the burdens eased.

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May 4th, 2013, 07:44 PM
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I have a desk job so although I am more tired than usual, it's still tolerable. I have the option of working right up to my due date (Jul 3rd) but I will leave a week and a half early just to be able to rest a little bit.
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May 5th, 2013, 08:57 AM
tela's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I cut back to 40 hours starting last week! I had a huge project that started in Jan, requiring 10+ hour days (a lot on my feet), plus work from home analyzing data on my laptop nights and weekends. I was averaging 60 hours/week. And I'm salaried so no overtime! But, it's over. My boss wants me off my feet, and I agree. I have plenty of desk work to keep me busy for my 8 hour shifts. It's amazing how relaxed I am only being there for a regular work day! I am the primary income, so I have no choice but to work up until I go into labor.
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May 5th, 2013, 10:06 AM
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My last day of work was on Thursday. I work 12 hour shifts on my feet the whole time with lots of bending and lifting. Due to a previous blood clots in my leg and my leg already swollen and painful, my doc signed me out

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May 5th, 2013, 11:18 AM
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I'm not cutting back, per se, but the semester ended this past week so I'm done with teaching until January 2014 (!). I also had a crazy, stressful work trip with two major talks and a lot of meetings that were in San Francisco and Seattle and I returned from on Wednesday. I don't have any more airplane travel planned and I'm not scheduled to give any more talks so I'm feeling very relieved about that. I'm going to try to get one, hopefully two, grant proposals resubmitted before the baby comes, but this mostly involves writing and my schedule is quite flexible so I feel like things are winding down.

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May 5th, 2013, 11:49 AM
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I'm still full time teaching until school lets out in June, but I am doing my last few in home Thirty-One parties in May and then starting in June am sticking to online/catalog parties for a few months.

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May 5th, 2013, 12:40 PM
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I'll be working full time until either the day before, or the Friday before, my scheduled c-section (which is a Wed). Luckily I have a desk job so it's not too strenuous. Stopping early isn't really an option since it would cut into my time home after the baby is born.

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May 5th, 2013, 04:22 PM
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My last day of work was the 3rd. I'm officially on materninity leave and so happy! I don't think I could tough it out much longer, these twins are sucking it all from me.
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May 5th, 2013, 05:31 PM
Shea131's Avatar Peyton Rylee's Mommy!!
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I'm working up til the end but I do a desk job and work just 30 hours per week. That's awesome for you!

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