Tuesday, March 27, 2007

That Stork Is Getting Closer...

As of tomorrow my wife will be 36 weeks along in her pregnancy. It will also be the first day of her maternity leave. The doctor said that she would not let my wife go past 39 weeks in the pregnancy due to the size of the baby...he's in the 85th percentile for his size! So that will be about 3 weeks of leave before the baby, and 6 weeks after. If she delivers by C-Section, it will be an extra 2 weeks. So at the moment she's looking at about 9 weeks of maternity leave time.

She'll be receiving approximately 60% of her work salary during that time. After her time is up, she'll be going back to work part time for a little while. So needless to say, it's going to be financially interesting during the next several months. Thankfully we will be having my wife's aunt watch the baby while we're at work. That was a load off of our minds in many different ways. We'll be climbing the ladder a bit slower, but it'll be worth it.

I have to admit it, I'm more nervous than excited. My wife has a good amount of experience with babies and children. From being a baby sitter when she was younger, to being a "mother/baby" nurse in a hospital, she's really enjoying the pregnancy experience, and REALLY looking forward to the baby. We're pretty much prepared for the baby, from furniture to butt cream!

I've received some help from various classes we've been attending: Pets & Babies, Breastfeeding, and Newborn Childcare. The instructor of the breast feeding class mentioned that the money we'll be saving by breastfeeding, will come to the amount it may take for a vacation. Oh well, Que sera, sera...

4 comments:

moneymonk said...

Ohhhh I remember those days

My baby girl is about 10 months now. And remember the butt cream and breast feeding classes. We had everything.

Congrats on your new bundle of JOY that's coming!! It will change your lives and bring you guys more closer. Do u know the sex of the baby ?

John said...

Thanks alot! Yes, it a boy.

donna jean said...

I'm glad you're getting to take maternity leave -- I've yet to see a company still offering that benefit to staff. Instead, they are singing the praises of FLMA - Family and Medical Leave Act - to expecting women, which only gives you the time off but pay is not required.

Best of wishes for the upcoming exciting weeks!

Marshall Middle is making a million dollars said...

That's great news. Did you make any preparations for a nursery? I'll be following your blog closely as my wife and I are planning to start a family.