School&Work&Baby

I’m due on May 22nd…which is right around the corner to me. I’m still working at my normal full time job until I hit 36 weeks. I’m thinking of quitting that job when it’s time to go back. The travel and the stress for this job position is just not for me anymore, especially with a new baby! I’ve asked multiple times for a transfer to a closer store located right around the corner from my home. But for some reason they don’t want to let me go. It’s like if I leave that location, that is 1 hour away from home, the store is going to fall apart. Well, my husband has his own business with a friend. Their business is growing and expanding and need more workers. I’m already on the list for them when they need the help. So, I’m thinking of staying home and working for my husband from home when the baby come. I’d be doing job estimates, invoices, ordering supplies, billing and other office management duties. Which is what I’m doing now but for a corporation. I’d love to stay home with our new baby and work from home. All in all, I’d be working only a few hours a day and I wouldn’t have to leave the house or my baby! At the same time, my husband is so encouraging, that he wants me to go back to school to pursue what I’ve always wanted to do. So, I also just recently reenrolled in online classes for the medical field. My goal, hopefully, is to be done with school by this time next year. That way I can get a better job in doing what I love to do. But at the same time, I still want to be a stay at home mom and just work from home helping my husband with his business.

So, in a shorter less confusing way, within the next couple of months….I will be quitting my current job, I am enrolled in online classes, I will become a first time mother, and I’ll be helping my husband with his business. Am I crazy? Can I actually pull off having a new baby, while working and going to school? If other woman out there can do it, then why can’t I?

Preschool

So I’m not due till May 22nd. But I’ve heard that for some preschools, there’s a waiting list to get in and that you should get on the list or atleast apply to the school before the baby arrives. And I was shocked to find out that preschools can start for your child as early as two and a half years old and as long as baby is potty trained. This is amazing! I’m over here thinking that preschool doesn’t start until the child is 4 or 5 years old! I was planning on staying home all the way until baby goes to preschool. So now that I know it starts as early as 2.5 years old and potty trained, I’m so relieved. I wasn’t sure on how finances would be with just my husband working. 

I’ve done my research, or really asked around. And I’m going to be sending my child to our churches preschool and elementary school. My husband and I feel it’s the best move for our child if we want our child growing up knowing and loving the Lord, as we do. 💒🙏🏽📖

(Please don’t judge or make any unnecessary comments on religion. Thank you.)

Maternity Leave

So I’m currently working for a company that doesn’t really offer maternity leave! They’re making me go through loops and holes to get any type of leave.

Here’s the break down

  • I can’t take leave before the baby comes. I’d have to request vacation time for that if I need time off.
  • I can only submit short term disability through the state starting the day I give birth. Short term disability from the state only gives up to six weeks off with pay.
  • If I want more time than six weeks I’d have to request for vacation time again, if I still have any left over. (Total vacation hours my company gives within a year is 80 hours, that’s 2 weeks)
  • If I want more time than that, I can take an unpaid leave of absence for up to a year.

So, all in all of what’s listed above, it seems like I’d only get about eight weeks off with baby! Eight weeks is only two months!!! 😱 That’s just ridiculous!!!! I’m appalled that the “corporation” that I work for doesn’t offer more.

How did you moms to be go about getting maternity leave?

How long were you out of work?

And out of all the time out of work, how much of that was actual paid time off?

Breastfeeding

How does everyone feel about woman breastfeeding in public. It’s become a real  controversial subject around the world, it seems just as recently. Why is that?! Woman have been breastfeeding for hundreds of thousands of years and so why now is it such a big deal? I’m sure the people who have something to say were also breastfeed when they were a child. I just don’t see the point to have anything negative to say about something that is needed and natural to human life! 

This society is just filled with sexuality and pervertedness, that it’s OK for breast to be a sexual symbol but it’s not OK to be a HEALTH symbol. If it’s OK for woman to be walking around half naked showing off their breast, then why isn’t it OK for woman to feed their hungry baby, which in reality the breast is covered?!

Let me tell you that I’m 22 weeks pregnant with my first child at 30 years old. And I am for sure planning on breastfeeding my baby! And I don’t care what anyone has to say to me!