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When I had my first child...

When I had my first child I had not yet graduated from college and did not have enough sick leave or vacation days to cover a decent maternity leave. I returned to work after 14 days of delivering my child because I could not afford not to work. I wish I could have spent more time at home with my child. Time goes by so fast I can honestly say that I don't really remember her being a baby. The only time I got to see her was at night after a full day of work and full time load of college courses. Needless to say, it was very hard. Not only did my grades suffer but my child did not receive the benefits of even a month maternity leave for her mother. I don't know how I was able to function both at work and at school with a newborn but I do know my mother had a lot to do with it. I am currently pregnant with my third child and I plan to take the full 12 weeks even though the last 5 will not be paid. As it is, my family is struggling to make ends meet as it is but I am trying to save as much as I can so that I can enjoy my last child.
—AnonymousTexas
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