havent posted for a few weeks but last night i had a little panic attack and i really need to get things off my chest! i am almost at baby day and i am starting to really worry about money
i am the high earner in my house, i earn over double what my boyfriend does, and i am absolutely horrified by the loss of earnings that i will suffer when i go on maternity leave in a few weeks time!!
unfortunately the government are telling me that we are not entitled to a penny of help towards our private rent, council tax or childcare despite my boyfriend being on minimum wage which means that i am faced with returning to work ASAP after the birth. this has really upset me as i wanted time to bond with my child instead of having her raised by a stranger.
i checked how much childcare in my area would cost and its more than my monthly rent which is not going to work for us as we are barely scraping by. i have no family members who could take care of baby while we both work full time. my boyfriend works shifts and i work days at an office that is really far from home.
i am in a really sticky situation and i am scared senseless. does anyone have any advice? have you been through something similar yourself?