Time to Rest

I was going to work until delivery. I was going to save all of my precious full-pay and maternity leave for when little miss Nellie got here.

And then I started getting absolutely miserable at work. Around 37 weeks is when it started. I was tired, uncomfortable, and cranky all the time. With everyone. Coworkers, customers.. I just wanted to be at home resting and sleeping. But I couldn’t waste precious time that could be spent with Nellie at home sleeping… Not to mention that we couldn’t afford it.
Until Josh got his full-time job. I had put my claims in for short-term disability and FMLA to start on the 17th – my due date, and was planning on adjusting the date to when she actually was born. Once Josh got confirmation of his employment we decided that I would just go ahead and take my leave effective the 17th. I’ll be receiving about 60% of my pay for 6 weeks on short-term disability. We also decided that instead of only taking off 6 weeks, I’d take off the full 12… SCORE. So, friends, today is officially my last day of work until APRIL.
That’s right, APRIL. I get 12 glorious weeks off with my daughter! This new job for Josh has really been a blessing. I have been working full-time for almost three years now and it’s going to be so strange to not have to wake up and come to work every day for a while. I’m really looking forward to being at home with our girl.
I’m hoping she comes this weekend so daddy doesn’t have to miss any orientation at work. If she doesn’t come by Tuesday, I will enjoy the extra rest with not having to work.. But I’d like for her to get here this weekend. If she’s not here by Tuesday, my doctor and I are going to start talking about induction. So, little girl, you’re going to be here soon whether you like it or not. If you don’t come on your own, we’re coming to get you!

Comments

  1. Hey Natalie :)Great news about finishing work. I know several people who have gone into labour soon after they've stopped work…it's like your body and mind can finally feel relaxed and ready and then it just happens!! I hope that's the case and that your little girl is here soon! Don't forget that the average length for a 1st pregnancy is 41 weeks ish…most other countries don't talk induction until after that point…so don't worry if she takes a little more time. She'll come when she's ready (hopefully soon!). Best of luck with it all – it's been nice following your blog.Jac (iubar) xx

  2. I worked full time EVERY day for over 10 years before I was put on bedrest unexpectedly during my pregnancy. I FREAKED. I was going stir crazy. Then I had my baby, and QUIT my full time job to work parttime from home. Now I can't imagine going back. It's crazy what a child will do to our priorities.

  3. Christina says:

    I hope she shows up for you this weekend. We are hoping the same for our little man. Fingers crossed for both of us! If our guy isnt here by Monday, we are going after him, lol! Good luck

  4. Oh I KNOW you are happy about getting time off. Trust me, you need to sleep as much as you can before your little girl gets here! :) Good luck with everything, and thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  5. I'm so glad you get 12 weeks! That is wonderful news.

  6. Kimmygintx says:

    YAY for finishing work!!! Enjoy your time off and rest up for Miss Nellie. :)

  7. Congrats – ENJOY your time!!!!

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