Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Gig

I have a new gig.  I'm starting a new job the day after Labor Day.  Yup, I got the job!

As some of you may recall (it seems like a really long time ago!) I had applied for a job in June.  I had to rush to apply for the job because they were looking to hire "ASAP".  Then it took them forever to get back to me to schedule the interview.  It took over a month between the phone screening interview and the actual in person interview.  Then the timing for the interview and my IVF cycle was close.  I had my interview on July 14th, and my egg retrieval was on the 16th, and the day-3 transfer on the 19th.

Well, I was finally offered the position last week which I accepted.  I had to go through a background check and when that was cleared, I had to take a drug screening test on Monday.  Yesterday I was informed that everything was good to go.  I start on the day after Labor Day.

I'm excited that I got this position.  And I am very grateful.  By the time I actually start work, I would have been not working for 19 months.  That's a long time.  I am thankful that I am able to get a job so quickly, even though I wasn't trying too hard.  Actually I take that back.  When I was first contacted by a recruiter about this position, I was not too interested because I was still in the IVF/TTC mind set.  I wanted to continue to focus on just that.  But then when I found out more about this and talked to a friend that works there, I was really interested.  I mean I really wanted this job.  But at the same time, I was torn because I was worried about what if I get pregnant, which I REALLY want to be.  But what if I don't get pregnant, then what?

So I decided that if God opened this door for me, why should I ignore it?  I should at least apply for it, and if it is in His will for me to have this job, then I will get it.  I guess a job is in His plans right now.

Here's what I will miss when I start this new job.
  • Being a "bum/lady of leisure" and just focusing on TTC.  This is great but in itself can be stressful because that is almost all I think about.  And with another 2 failed IVF cycles during my non-employed time, I am looking forward to something other than just TTC
  • I will miss having the freedom to "do lunch" anytime with friends.
  • Sleeping in (I'm such a night owl)
  • Not having to worry about having to work the next day.
  • Not having to commute to work

What I am not looking forward to
  • Commuting to work.  It will be about a 22 mile drive one-way for me.  This will suck especially during the winter months.  The one good thing is Babe and I can carpool if we want to.  His work is somewhat on my way.
  • 3 weeks of vacation a year.  When I left my last job, I had been there 5 years, and I had just increased my vacation days to 4 weeks.  I will miss that.
  • Though I am excited about a new job, a new location, new projects and new people, it is also scary.  I had been so used to knowing the people so well, having such great colleagues, I am just hoping and praying that I continue to work with nice people.

What I look forward to with the new job
  • The extra income!  It is nice to know that we will a little more breathing room when it comes to expenses.  We will be DINKs (double income no kids) again.  Though I'd rather have kids, anytime,  hands down.
  • Being a "contributing" member of society again.  Well, not to say that anyone that stays home is not contributing, but for me, I quit my job to work on having a baby.  After more than a year of not working and still no baby, it feels like I have been spinning my wheels for a while.  That is so frustrating!
  • Finally being able to shop for (work) clothes again without feeling guilty.  I have already done some shopping because I really need some work clothes.
  • The company I will be working for is a very large and great company to work for.  I have been told it is really hard to get in.  And they have good benefits.  When I start, we will be switching our medical benefits to my insurance instead of Babe's.  The best part..... they have fertility coverage!  I'm not sure what the exact coverage is, but in the benefits overview I received, they have $10,000 just in fertility drugs!  I'm not sure if we will do another round of IVF, but it is good to know that there is an option for that.

So what does it mean for me in the TTC sense?  I don't really know yet.  All I know is that I going back to work for now.  I am not giving up on TTC altogether.  Lots, if not most, people do IVFs and work at the same time.  With fertility coverage, we have the option to try another round.  Or adopt.  Or whatever.  At least we will have some additional income to pursue whatever comes next.

23 comments:

  1. Yay! Congratulations on the new job! I know it's been a long road to get this gig...

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  2. Congrats! Whooo hooo for fertility drug coverage!!!

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  3. Congrats! Maybe the job will be a great distraction and if you do decide to proceed with another cycle, that's great news about coverage! Enjoy your last week and a half of leisure! :)

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  4. First off, congrats to your new job. I'm where you were probably a year ago. I had 4 IUI's 1 failed cycle, I've been off - on work for about a year now. Hate it & like it at the same time due to same reasons you've listed!

    It's great that you have fertility coverage, aren't you a little worried about all the drugs you're putting on your system? I mean, that's kind of why I have a hard time thinking about doing this more than twice. This would be my day 7 of injections for IVF, and my follicles are not growing together. I'm headed to another ultrasound tomorrow, but meanwhile...I'm praying that this all has a reason. I wonder why you failed your first ivf?? Overall, I hope you're in a happy place now. :)

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  5. Yay, congrats!!! And the insurance might cover infertility? Uh, HELLO?!?! How awesome is that! Sure beats forking out the cost of all the treatment from your wallet (or loans!). Good luck!

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  6. Congratulations!!! I went through 5 IVF cycles (granted 4 were natural IVF cycles) while working. You can do it!!! :)

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  7. I am thrilled for you, though I can understand the things you'll be missing!! We have the night owl thing in common (hence my typing this at 11:21pm! But all in all it sounds wonderful! And I KNOW that you prayed about this decision and that God has something great in store for you! Just think of all the great new friends you can make, the distraction will be nice, and then let's certainly not forget the INFERTILITY COVERAGE!!!! I will know tomorrow if I have any--if not it's $200 just for the initial visit--oh fun fun!! Anyhow, I'm just super thrilled, you sound good and that makes me smile. A friend said today, I'm so excited for your appointment tomorrow, almost like it's happening to me! I said we are very tightly woven and get super happy for one another! So love and luck at the new job, enjoy your last week as a "lady of leisure"!!!

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  8. I remember you applying for the job and waiting for an answer!! Congratulations and what great benefits!!! I know you have not made up your mind yet but I did both my IVF cycles whilst working and it's fine as long as you schedule your check ups aroud your working day, it's so doable and the fact that the insurance covers it.. that's just a GREAT bonus!!!

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  9. Congrats on the new job and fertility coverage.

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  10. Congratulations on the job offer and wonderful benefits!! That is awesome!! So happy for you = )

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  11. Congrats...great to give your mind and body a break from all that you've gone through the past 19 months.

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  12. Congrats on the new job! It looks like you will be starting with a great company. Good luck with everything!

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  13. That's great news! Congrats!! Also...super news about the fertility benefits, what a terrific extra perk!

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  14. Congrats on the new job! That's great that you have fertility coverage with your insurance. FYI-we had our IVF orientation today and I wore your earrings. They were awesome and made me feel VERY special. Thanks again!

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  15. Sounds wonderful! I am hoping to move and get a new job soon (as soon as my husband gets a new job). I love change. For the most part at least. New beginnings. That is amazing that you will get awesome fertility coverage. Go for it!

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  16. COngratulations on this fabulous job! What a leap of FAITH it takes to re-enter the work place, as I have done so myself :) I wish you nothing but the absolute best as you journey forward.

    You are starting this new chapter with such optimism. And how wonderful that the insurance covers up to 10k in fertility meds...such a blessing :)

    Whatever road you take from here forward I support you 100%. You are and will remain a true blessing in my life and I'm happy to "know" you.

    I will continue to pray for you and Babe.

    Many HUGS

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  17. Congratulations on your new job, it sounds great! I'm also sorry to hear about your long TTC journey. I also went through IVF and didn't have any embryos to transfer as I didn't get any eggs. I wish you all the best for the future and a happy ICLW!

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  18. I'm so glad you got the job! Yes, a baby would have been better, but extra income and fabulous insurance could really help the cause. Plus the company helps with adoption costs if you go that route. Or there's always donor eggs. Our clinic and another one in the area both have the cost-sharing program for donor eggs. You'll be a mommy one way or another!

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  19. Very excited that you got the job because though we certainly have wishes we'd rather have, when those just don't happen and we can't change it, it's nice to have validation in something still. Hooray for the opportunities that are ahead of you...whatever they are!!

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  20. Congratulations on getting the job! And yay for the fertility coverage! It's great to know that you have more options now with added financial security. I wish you all the best on this new beginning in your life! (((HUGS)))

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  21. Congrats on the new job, that's wonderful news! Have fun and I wish you the best!

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