: When did you go back to work?

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thread: When did you go back to work?

  1. #1
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    Feb 2003
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Australia

    When did you go back to work?

    After you had your baby, how soon did you go back to work? Was it out of choice or necessity? Did you change your mind and decide to go back home, or go to work afterall? Discuss!

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  2. #2

    technically i have not gone back to work. when i fell pregnant with Kameron I was only working for a temping agency so quit when i was 4mths pregnant as going between jobs all the time was getting stressful.

    My mum makes the installation parts bags for roller doors and has done so for the last 20yrs. Inside each of that bags that she does is a small bag that has tiny nuts, bolts, washers etc so when I quit work she asked if i wanted to make up the smaller bags for her as it saves her time. So I said yes and she pays me to do it and the best thing is I can do it all from the comfort of my living room


  3. #3
    Mum 2 Three Guest

    I have been so lucky with my employers. People bag lawyers, but the firm I work for have been great to me. When I went back to work after my first child (when she was 6 months old) I was able to negotiate permanent part time hours, 5 days per week, 9.00 am to 2.00 pm (perfect for school hours). However I was trying to fit a full time job into part time. When this didn't quite work out, they put in a computer at home for me and I did about an extra 6 hours or so per week from home at night which worked reasonably well. Loved this job.

    When I had my second child, I went back when she was 9 months old, still working from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm. This time I did a slightly different job and did not need to work extra hours.

    I am currently on maternity leave with my 3rd child. Although I am not officially back from maternity leave, I have started working a couple of days per week basically when I can make it (translation: when I feel like it )!

  4. #4
    Cass Guest

    I am really lucky - I work for a Medical group - Surgeons etc and we have after hours appts. So I work 3-4 days a week from 4pm till 7pm! Its good cause dh is home from work at 3.30pm and I then zoom off to work \/ With this great arrangement - I was back at work when Rinn was 6 weeks old

  5. #5
    Registered User

    Nov 2003

    i worked purely out of nessecity.. needed the money..
    it was hard though i was wrokign closes at mcdonalds so my hours were 7pm till 2am and then nathan my ex had to go to work from 730am till 6pm so i had josh all day too.. if i had a choice i wouldnt of worked


  6. #6
    Registered User

    Apr 2004
    Outer East, Melbourne

    Hi - I went back to work two days a week when Caitlin was nine months old, knowing I was going to be retrenched ten weeks later !

    I now work three nights a week, close to home, out of necessity. When I was at home, not working, I used to spin out all the time about not being able to save anything for Caitlins future. I now work close to home and hours that suit.


  7. #7
    Registered User

    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW

    I plan on going back to work around 10 weeks for Saturday work only, so Matilda will be with DH for the main part of the day...

  8. #8
    Registered User

    Jan 2004

    I went back to work when DD was 6 months old, out of necessity. DH's contract had finished and couldnt find anything, and my previous employer called to see if I wanted to go back part-time. DH looked after DD for 2 weeks then finally found a job.
    When DH started his new job, I continued to work.
    MIL looked after DD, and I did this until DD was almsot 2 years old.
    I loved my job, but found it highly stressful.
    I also found that I was missing out on things like the first time DD crawled and DH forgot to tell me!


  9. #9
    Vanessa Guest

    Well, I chose to go back part time(2 days) when Liam was 4 months old. My decision was due to the fact that although I am back at work earlier, I am now able to afford to stay at home for (5 days) for a couple of years, rather than go back full time after twelve months. I am a primary school teacher and I like my job, that played a big part in my decision.

  10. #10
    tmum Guest



    I had no choice but to return to work after 10mths. The company I worked for was making many changes at the time and they forced me to come back early only to be told my job was redundant. They wanted me to work full time which I couldn't so they forced me to resign.

    I am better off now as I work close to home and only work 4 days a week, which I would like to change. It is getting a bit hard at the moment - very tiring.

    Talk some more soon


  11. #11
    Senior Moderator

    Nov 2004

    I agree that lawyers can be great to work for.

    I started going back to work (and took Alex with me) when he was three weeks old. I worked half-days, three days per week, basically whenever it suited me. My employers were very happy to have me back, as they were snowed under with work at the time.

    Alex started day care when he was 14 weeks old, three days per week.

    My hubby then got a four day a week job, so we both did four days per week for a while. This actually worked out really well for both of us, as we each had our "own" time with Alex. Alex loves daycare, too, which helps.

    Alex is now 18 months old, and is in full time day care because DH had to move from Shepparton to Melbourne for work. I work full time as a family lawyer (yeah, I know!!) and love my job.

    When #2 comes along, we plan that DH will be SAHD (at least part time) and I will go back to work, because I earn 50% more than him, and we can't afford to have me not working.

    I might try some part time work when the kids are a little older.

  12. #12
    Registered User

    Sep 2004

    When I first fell pregnant DH's work was offering voluntary redundancies and because he was going to be a SAHD he took it. Due to Nicola being an IVF baby we didn't think we would have the chance again so we both took 9 months off and travelled around Australia a bit.

    The last leg was in Sydney so that we could do SIVF.

    I returned to work when she was around 10mos old, I find it hard eventhough I don't have to use daycare. When she is happy to see me leave for work I get upset and when she is crying I get upset- can't win!!!

    She is 2 and half now and thriving on the love and attention that her father gives her daily - I'm envious of their relationship...

    If we fall pg again I will probably go back to work after 6 week check up - oh hum...

  13. #13
    Registered User

    Feb 2005
    out and about

    Hi with the twins went back 30 hrs a week night shift when they were 3 mths old (financial necessity) BF both til 14 mths. Just expressed at work, and DH gave them bottles, Found it great, didn't miss out on much of their lives, coz I worked whilst they slept!!
    With DD#3 went back to 32 hrs a week night shift when 3 mths old ( again had to) BF til 2 weeks ago (17mths)
    With DS to come am going to go back at 3mths again. Again 30 hrs night shift. Can earn good money, but not lose more than 2 days a week that I have to sleep, when bubs is up n active. Works fab for the family, but would like to not have to. My dream is to win tatts and be a SAHM. One day hey???

  14. #14
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    I can finally answer this post lol.

    Went back to work when Matthew was 6 1/2 months, (last week) I am back part time, a couple of days a week.

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    kirsty Guest

    I went back to work when DS was 8mths old ~ we had planned it to be 6mths but because he came 2mths early I got to stay home for an extra 2mths with him.

  16. #16
    Debbie Lee Guest

    I'm going back to work for 1 day a week at the beginning of the school term. It's out of necessity. In a perfect world, I wouldn't go back to work until all my children were in Primary School... but we need the $$
    I'll start working 2 days a week next financial year (don't want to muck around too much with this financial year's earnings and end up having to pay money back!).
    I have been doing some cash in hand work since Gab was about 2 months old (I think??) but it's super flexible and only a few hours a week... still... it's $$$!

  17. #17
    Registered User

    Nov 2004
    Giving the gift of life to a friend..

    AAAARGH, next week for me, Indah will be almost 4 months & out of necessity, I will be fulltime, but lucky to have a Mum & sister that will be babysitting!!!!

  18. #18
    Registered User

    May 2005
    Good ole NZ !!

    Well Although I havent had bubs yet, today I took a big step & booked bubs into a day care, I will be going back to work in Nov when bubs will be about 6 months old, I would love to be a SAHM, but finances dictate & DH also pays child support for his 2 boys, If we have # 2 (getting ahead of myself I know!!!!), I will be a SAHM, or take on part time work as the childcare costs fo 2 would be too much to justify working fulltime....

    Or maybe I will just win Lotto LOL

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