thread: Going Back Part-time & I'm Excited!

  1. #1
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    Going Back Part-time & I'm Excited!

    Matthew is almost 5 months old and I am due to return to work in September from maternity leave.

    The plan was that my DH was going to finish work, look after Matthew and I return to work full time. as I am the higher earner out of the 2 of us.

    Once I have had Matthew and have been home all this time, I just can't face the possibility of going back full time, I would miss my little man just way too much.

    Thankfully, hubby has agreed that I can go part-time (since I work for the govt, I am lucky to have this option) and he is going to go part time as well. We are going to look after Matthew on different days, except one day a fortnight, where his nanna will look after him.

    I am just so rapt that my hubby has agreed to keep on at work and go part-time, I am rapt that his boss has let him and I am even more rapt that I get to go part time too and spend the other days with my little man.

    I just had to share my news...

  2. #2
    Registered User

    Feb 2004
    Adelaide SA

    Nell, thats fantastic news and it sounds like it will work for all of you.
    i would love to go back to work part time to get a break LOL
    Good on you and Dh

  3. #3
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    Yaaay Nell, that sounds like a great plan

  4. #4
    Registered User

    Aug 2004
    Sth East Melbourne

    congratulations nell, that sounds like the perfect solution. You are very lucky, as you said, that this is all an option for you two.

  5. #5
    Life Member

    May 2003
    Beautiful Adelaide!


    I am so glad all this has worked out so well for you and your little family..........and I am envious!!

  6. #6
    BellyBelly Life Member

    Jul 2004
    House of the crazy cat ladies...

    Wow Nell!! What wonderful news for you both!! Sounds like the PERFECT arrangement!! \/

  7. #7
    Registered User

    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW

    Thats Fantastic!! That was our "ideal" solution to things, but unfortunately it wasn't to be for us, but thats great news for you!!

  8. #8
    Registered User

    May 2005
    Melbourne, Australia

    No wonder you are happy Nell. That sounds so perfect. I am very happy for you and what a happy baby you will have because he/she gets to be looked after equally by both parents.

  9. #9
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    That really is a fantastic arrangement! I would be thrilled too!

  10. #10
    Registered User

    Aug 2004
    Hunter Valley, Wine Country, NSW

    Okay how slow am I LOL

    Nell - This sounds like a wonderful plan, good luck and congratulations \/

  11. #11
    Debbie Lee Guest

    Hey Nell,
    I just saw this post and I think that is unreal! Yay for both of your bosses/jobs for taking a "family" approach and allowing you to both go part time. That's the way it should be!!
    Matty is going to grow up knowing both his Mum and Dad really well. You will both get so much quality time. It also means your DH isn't going to miss out on some of the big mile-stones. You also get to go back out in the real world for a little while and get that brain stimulation that a lot of SAHMs seem to miss.
    Good on you!! And good on your DH for being so supportive.
    It's great news!

  12. #12
    Registered User

    Mar 2004

    Hi Nell, wow, sounds like a wonderful arrangement for everyone!

    Can I ask what you and your hubby do?


  13. #13
    katanya Guest

    That is wonderful Nell that you could work it out so's all a bit differnt isn't it when you think about it before you actually have your baby? I remember telling DP he could be the house husband and I'd work full time..hmm no way I would share but I'd hate to be the main bread earner..we are lucky I can work part time from home on weekend and he still works full time and no one has to look after felix apart from me..

    My friend are doing excatly what you are, she is a chef and returned 3 days(fri -sun) and he now works 4 days and it works well...!

  14. #14
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    Thanks so much everyone for your replies and thoughts.

    Jess - I work for Vic Police as a civilian in admin and the goverment are really great in terms of offering maternity leave and having the flexibility of changing your job to part-time. My hubby works in semi government in superannuation and he just asked his boss. We had no idea he'd actually say yes!

    Kantaya - yes it is so different! People warned me I might feel differently once I had given birth. *sigh* they were right once again!