Finding Time

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Registered: 06-13-2007
Finding Time
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Sun, 03-07-2010 - 8:16pm
Any tips on finding time? I worked from home for a year before my son was born at Thanksgiving. For the first 2 months, my husband took leave. Now he's back to work which means he's gone Monday-Friday leaving me juggling work and a 3 month old who hasn't settled into a schedule yet. Some days it's doable, other days he's fussy and all bets are off. Any advice?
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Registered: 05-01-2003
In reply to: calgonday
Mon, 03-08-2010 - 1:07pm

Hopefully he'll settle into a routine soon, but your husband being back to work is an adjustment for both you and your baby.

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In reply to: calgonday
Mon, 03-08-2010 - 1:58pm

That's great advice, Barb!


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In reply to: calgonday
Wed, 03-10-2010 - 11:30am

1. look into taking more maternity leave until the baby is 6 months old. That way you will have 3 months to develop a routine.

2. look into pt dc. Either several hours a day or a couple days a week. It can be a mother's helper (maybe a teen after school) that comes into your home, a home dc, or a center. Or grandma if you have family close by.

3. insist that dh does his share of taking care of baby so you can work on the weekends. There is no reason, other than breastfeeding, that he isn't just as capable at taking care of his children as the mom. On a side note, I hate the phrase of "Dad babysitting the kids". He's not babysitting, he's parenting. Ok, rant over.

My choice for me was a home dc. Working at home with little kids in the house can confuse the kids. Mom is at home but not available to them. I found that it works better for older kids--school age and up. They have the understanding that mom (or dad) has other responsibilities other than them.

Chris

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Registered: 06-13-2007
In reply to: calgonday
Wed, 03-10-2010 - 6:43pm
Thanks for the suggestions!
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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: calgonday
Sun, 03-21-2010 - 11:24am

It is hard! Don't be afraid to set aside a block of time to work

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Registered: 03-23-2010
In reply to: calgonday
Tue, 03-23-2010 - 7:59pm
I agree that your child should be the number one priority. Until she is on a schedule, work around her and don't be too upset if things don't always go as planned. Good luck!
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Registered: 11-27-2007
In reply to: calgonday
Tue, 06-29-2010 - 10:36pm
I have always hired childcare and housecleaning help. Otherwise, I'd probably only be able to work a couple of hours a day or I'd have to lose a lot of sleep in order to get anything done!