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  • BreezyK
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    I mean, it sounds so ideal. My one real hang up would be the other moms - I know myself and I know that SAHMommying can get a little crazy/status-y in CT, so in some ways (despite feeling pressed for time, like always), I feel like it gives me an out from all the pinterest parent stuff I see on my facebook at times.

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  • IssieCol
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    I split my time between clinic and the office now that I've moved into advanced practice, so part time for me would probably be two clinic days and one administrative day. I still work at my dad's clinic, but really only when they're swamped and I can still do that. And we are in a very fortunate position in that we don't need my income. We'd have to adjust just like any other family that goes down to one salary, but we'd be fine.

    Mr. Issie and I have made a shaky deal that I'll take the time between now and our next trip in August for me to make a decision and then if I decide to go part-time, I can use the fall as an extended transition period so that my doc can either replace me with another full timer or partner me with another mid-level to cover his clinic.

    I think I'm just mostly surprised by how much I like domesticity? Maybe it's a phase and I'll find it tedious after a while, but these past weeks have been AMAZING.

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  • BreezyK
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    Wow, I'm SO jealous - I've had 3 summers off in the past 6 years due to a move and two maternity leaves and this summer, I'm really wistful for some more time. My kids are 4 and 1 and I've got a commute that runs me anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour each way and it feels like a draaaaaag right now. That said, we cannot afford our life without my salary and I think I would go crazy being at home all the time if my maternity leaves were any indication. I'd love to go part time but it's just not possible right now - if you can swing it, it seems like it might be the best way. I'm in a working mom's group on fbook and people talk about it all the time - going down to .8 seems pretty common, but also being expected to contribute 100% at 80% of the salary, which DOESN'T seem ideal. IIRC, you're in healthcare and might be able to work fewer shifts (?!), which seems like the way to go to actually be able to leave work at work and enjoy your time at home! I'd do it if I could FOR SURE!

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  • dada_teacher
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    Part time sounds like a dream. I think I'd go crazy if I were a SAHM but I want to be the one to raise my children and actually spend time with them, so for me it's a win-win. My job is kind of part time so I like that.

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  • Laura
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    I've been part-time since the kids were little, went back to full time for a while and now part-time again. I'm telling you now, part-time is the way to go! Now they are surly teenagers I can leave them to it while I do my studies, it's great. If super achievement is your thing, fine, but just do whatever suits you and don't worry about it!

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  • LaaLaa
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    You're not feeling school anymore? Don't do school! It's your time + your fam doesn't need three professional achievers. Go with what feels awesome and enjoy the kiddos before they turn into surly teenagers, right? And everything I've read has been about how it can be difficult to get back in the game when you leave the working world entirely, but going PT has always sounded like a great way to stay sane.
    Last edited by LaaLaa; 07-17-2017, 07:11 PM.

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  • vanessa
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    Your feelings here are good and you should feel good about them. Try the part time thing! There's no need to be a superstar achiever! And if you don't like it, you can always go back to wage slave status.

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  • IssieCol
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    So being back at work is the actual worst, maybe?

    I legit did not know how I would do with so much time off, but it was awesome and it has made me re-evaluate A LOT. Being with the boys pretty much 24/7 was awesome and I've always thought I'd hate being a SAHM, but it wasn't bad you guys. It was actually like, kinda easy? Is this a sekrit all SAHMs keep from peeps who work all the time? Asking for a friend. *We have a housekeeper and my kids are healthy and pretty chill, so my experience is not like a lot of others, I get that.* Please don't come for me, SAHM Mafia. I will keep your sekrit. I've been seriously considering going part time at work ever since we had Dude #2 and it was always with the understanding that I'd use that time to go back to school. BUT! I have no desire to go back to school right now and it's not really something I need for my self-esteem anymore. Mr. Issie has been encouraging me to do it these past couple of weeks since I told him how much I like it, but I've never not worked full time and am apprehensive about it. It's weird to admit, but my brother and sister are like superstar professional achievers and I feel like I'd be letting the team down if I didn't stay the course. I KNOW, IT'S WEIRD. Help me feel other feelings, though.

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  • IssieCol
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    I was already planning on taking two weeks off for a regular vacation, but I didn't realize that I had reached my cap for PTOs and would end up having to dump nearly a month's worth of time into my sick leave bank at the end of our fiscal year if I didn't use them. So I asked if I could just use them consecutively if I found coverage for my clinic and got approved.

    And I'm actually taking another 10 days off in August so basically this summer is gonna be the best ever.

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  • LaaLaa
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    SIX WEEKS? I want to go to there. I used to think I'd be bored just lounging about the house for more than a couple of days and now that makes me laugh and laugh.

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  • isadora
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    Wut even is that about?

    I'm so fucking busy lately I can't even see straight.

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  • vanessa
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    Best life.

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  • IssieCol
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    Y'all. I have one more day left of work before I am off for SIX WEEKS and I'm only out of town for 2 of those weeks. The other 4, I get to just roam around my house and hang out with the kiddos and OMG, what is this life? I'm not even sure I'll make it into a pair of pants at any point in those 4 weeks. It might just be a whole month of elastic waist shorts, not even gonna lie.

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  • isadora
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    Ugh, em, sorry your holidays have been a sicky sicky pile of sick.

    I have managed to avoid most of the carbs because my in-laws are terrrrrrible at food and so there wasn't much to resist! Heh.

    I am feeling pretty good about most things right now b/c I have managed to avoid my usual crushing seasonal depression and I don't feel any different than I do in summer right now. I've had a few bad days but I immediately retreat to my Care Plan (I made it up but it works well) which includes: 2 D3 Vitamins (2k IU each), 4 Mega EFA fish oil pills, 10k lux lamp, walking on treadmill or walking outside as soon as the sun comes out even if it's freezing cold. THIS WORKS AND IS A MIRACLE.

    In other news, my amazing employer is sending me on this terrible grueling weekend to Puerto Rico in February and it gives me something to aim for because SUNSHINE and WARM NIGHTS. YAS.

    So even tho I will I break out into hives b/c my skin is sorta allergic to the thing that my brain needs most to function (hahaha, my body is hilarious) I'll be super happy to be somewhere to soak up that delicious Vitamin D.

    I've been meaning to put together a post on my weight loss as well. I'm down 25 pounds from 2 years ago and THE STRUGGLE IS REAL but it's starting to feel like I can lose even more? Like I'm in striking distance of being totally hot (or passably cute for a 40-something).

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  • ophy
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    Ugh. On the scale of life suckiness, being forced to do radiation when you should be chillaxing with the fam and eating all the carbs sounds pretty horrific. (And if the rest of you haven't looked up what the radiation masks looks like, you should because HOLY FUCK.)

    Today is mr.o's birthday! I bought him allllllllll the Scotch in the whole wide world.
    Last edited by ophy; 01-07-2016, 12:06 PM.

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