And I'm not only referring to the fact that we are bringing a new baby home in a month or two.
As of a week or two ago, I've announced to my part-time job (two ten-hour shifts per week) that I will not be returning to work in that capacity.
What I have been doing for the past few years is working one part-time hospital speech pathologist position (again for two ten-hour shifts per week), working one PRN (or as needed) hospital position at another nearby hospital typically one or two days per week, and working one PRN nursing home position at between 6-10 nursing homes in my area, depending on what location needs more hours/help.
That sounds confusing and like too many jobs, right?
If you're not in healthcare or a related field that utilizes PRN help, basically I find out the week of or week before what shifts I am working. If either the PRN hospital job or the nursing home needs extra help, I am able to look at what hours they have available and either agree to work some or all of those hours or tell them I am unavailable. I work only the amount of hours per week that I agree to and am comfortable with working. Typically, because PRN jobs carry no benefits, insurance, etc.- you are able to make a much higher pay rate that way. Because DH carries our (excellent) health insurance, I am able to work these PRN positions without having to worry.
But back to my part-time job.
There had been several changes made recently affecting part time workers. I won't go completely into specifics, but let's just say that it entails my position losing vacation/sick time and short term disability as I mentioned in my terrible week post. This is in addition to the fact that the pay rate (PRN or part-time) at this hospital is significantly lower than my other two positions.
I will be the first to say that I LOVE my part time job.
But, it isn't about me anymore.
If I'm able to work less hours somewhere else for the same pay- enabling me to spend more time with my children and my husband- I need to do so. When I was young, unmarried, or even married without children, finding and choosing my "dream job" was of the utmost importance. And, I did find it in my part-time job.
However for me, as a parent, my priorities shifted. Somehow, after having my son and now getting ready to have our second baby in less than 2 months, even a dream job pales in comparison to getting to see my beautiful son's face for a few more hours per day. To not have to wake him at 6:00 in the morning to shuttle him off to daycare until 6:00p that night. To see his unhappy tears as DH puts him in the car and drives him off to spend the day away from both of us.
These feelings- coupled with the changes at my part-time job- encouraged DH and I to decide that we needed a change.
When I approached my boss about it, who is and has been a WONDERFUL boss in the past several years at my job- he was very understanding and did offer me to stay on PRN at that hospital as well.
So, as of when I leave to have new baby in December, I will only be working in an as-needed situation.
Ideally, this is the best situation for my family at this time. As I mentioned earlier, I'm able to pick and choose my hours, days, and amount of time spent working. If we are in more need of cash one month, I can pick up additional hours. If we aren't, I can spend more time with my family. I do plan on working at least two days per week most weeks based on available hours, because we will be continuing with our new/current daycare provider at a minimum of two day's coverage per week, but I can choose what time I'll be starting and for how long I'll be at that job each day. This cuts down on the crazy early wake-times as we all know little man does not like to wake before half the day is gone. I will also continue to pick up some hours on the weekends while DH is home with little man, as that cuts down on daycare costs and has worked extremely well for our family up to this point.
This is going to be a huge transition for our family. But mentally, financially, and emotionally, I think we are ready for it. I don't want to miss a second with my children, and while I will REALLY miss all of my wonderful coworkers and friends at my part-time job, I am so very excited to be more present for my growing family.
How did your work situation change after having children? What is your ideal work situation?