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  1. I hope things work out for you x

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  2. I understand what you're feeling. Although I still have my full-time job (knock wood!), I know that I won't be able to take the amount of maternity leave that I'm entitled to - and that I would have loved to take - because I'm currently the only one working. (My husband can't work until his permanent residency comes through and it's highly unlikely that will happen before the baby is born.) I know that in comparison to what you're facing, I have it good, but it's hard to let go of that dream of spending more time at home with your baby.

    I hope things work out with getting the redundancy pay and that you'll be able to find a way to lengthen your mat leave.

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    1. That's also a tricky situation Jenny, with you no doubt feeling a lot of pressure on your income. In the end we'll all do what we think is best and make the best of a tough situation (we'll be in it at the exact same time too!)...

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  3. I can only imagine how frustrating that must be for you. It's so hard to have your choices governed by what you HAVE to do - especially unfair for those of us having gone through expensive fertility treatments just to GET bub on the way. I hope you hear back about your redundancy pay soon, but just know this: however it works out in the end, you'll make it work. This baby is meant to be.

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  4. Just a FYI tip I picked up in a baby store this week. You can put things on layby. Find the best price and layby it. You can layby most places for 12 weeks. Also remember the end of financial year sales are coming up in June. These sales are always ten million times better than the current sales.
    Are you not eligble for the goverments paid maternity leave? Isnt that 3 months min wage? It is my holiday task to look into this a bit more

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    1. Hahaha layby. My husband thinks that doesn't exist anymore and I keep insisting it does! With baby due in June, it'll be hard to hold off on some things until those sales, but we have def kept it in mind. The govt paid maternity leave is only given to people who work a certain amount of hours in the 10 months leading up to the birth, so with my job being on a freelance basis we don't have a guarantee of my hours (so need to consider all our options in case I don't qualify for that).

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  5. I totally understand what you are saying. I think having struggled with infertility makes going back to work even more difficult. Sending you many thoughts that things work out!!

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  6. Ugh, sorry you are going through this. I too am facing uncertainty at work, company is not doing well financially, so its possible that I could have no job right when the baby arrives. It sucks since that puts pressure not only financially of no pay check, but paying for health insurance too which is really expensive in the US.
    I am just hoping for the best and trying not to worry since that is not good for me for baby. But it will definitely make things very difficult, not at all how I had imagined it in my head :-(

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  7. Even though I have a full time job that pays very well, I am not offered insurance or any maternity leave. As of now that isn't a problem, but I can definitely understand your hesitation. Hoping that things work out and you get some quality time with the baby after birth.

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  8. Ali, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your job. That is really hard. Everything will work out...it always does. Try not to stress too much as you'll miss out on your beautiful pregnancy. Sending positive thoughts your way!

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