Monday, November 24, 2008

Staying at Home??

Since I am now 13 weeks away from giving birth, ideally, (can you hear the panic in my voice?), I figured I would start researching my childcare options. Our first plan was to ask if I could bring the baby to work for a while. That got NIXXED pretty darn fast. Next was putting her into care here at the university where I work so she would be close by. Unfortunately, they don't accept infants. Then, I started asking around for someone to keep her in my house. But when I actually looked at the cost of having someone keep her, it wasn't even worth it.

So I talked to E the other night and laid out my options for him:

A) paying someone to keep the baby so that I could work through the summer and then quit in August (3 extra pay checks)
B) finally get a chance to use the short-term disability benefits through work (5 extra pay checks at 60%) and then quit afterwards

Work has been pulling money out of my check for a year and a half now in case I ever want to use my short term disability so why not take advantage of it? I don't know if he just really didn't care or was preoccupied by the magazine he was reading when I brought up the subject, the response was frightening.

Me: So what do you think?
E: I think you should just stay home!

Wow, I didn't even have to fight or discuss any of this. I had all of my points ready to make my case. Maybe he knew how stressed this was starting to make me or maybe that's really what he thought but his "matter-o-fact" answer caught me off guard.

All that to say...I am staying home ladies and gents!!


Anonymous said...

How exciting...especially compared to what you have to deal with day in and day out at work. I def don't blame you.

Jessica said...

Congrats on the future job description! It is really nice to be a Domestic Engineer. The pay sucks but the benefits are good. You will be glad to get to see everything she does. I agree with using the disablity since you have already paid for it.

Amanda said...

That is great! I wish I would be in the situation to stay home, but it won't be in my lucky stars.

Also, I left a little something on my blog for you :)

Ashley said...

You are lucky to be able to do that. It will be exciting to be at home with Rachel all day. You two will definitely have fun together!