Deb - Mom of 3 Girls

From Grandville, Michigan, United States

Joined 7th October 2007

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  • What is the importance of naming a son after his father (i.e. "Junior")? I just don't get it. My husband and I do not agree on this issue.

    Answered on 29th June 2008:

    My husband is a 'junior' and we had this discussion before we even got married. He very much wanted to continue on with a 'third' if we ever had a son. I absolutely refused. It's difficult enough with two 'Rons' in the family, and I feel that the poor kid would never have an identity of his own. Although with 3 girls it hasn't (yet?) been an immediate issue, my husband has given in and none of the girls would have been a 'third' if they'd been a boy. I know that deep down he's disappointed - both that we haven't had a boy (although he would never admit that - he adores his girls) and that even if we did, he wouldn't be honoring his father by passing his father's name on. My feeling is - his father would be honored for about 5 minutes. The baby would be stuck with 'someone else's' name for his whole lifetime...

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  • How long was your maternity leave and was it paid?

    Answered on 26th January 2008:

    With my first 2 pregnancies, I was able to take off 12 weeks through FMLA. I had enough sick/vacation time in my bank to take the first 2 months off paid and then the last one was unpaid both times. With my 3rd pregnancy (different job), I had 5 weeks of disability pay (60% of my regular pay) and they gave me an extra 7 weeks of unpaid leave - but I was responsible for paying my own health insurance premiums while off (over $700/month for a family). It was quite a struggle and I ended up not going back to that job after my leave was over.

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  • Hi, Deb,

    I am the co-founder of Work It, Mom! and just wanted to say welcome. I look forward to learning more about you and reading some of your articles, posts, and notes! (I love the photo in your profile!!!)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 7th October 2007