To summarize this, my previous company is in the midst to change their legacy system and currently is in the testing and data migration stage. So, my ex-boss wanted my help in the data migration part since I'm familiar with the system, knows the requirements and previously liaised with the vendors and users on the requirements and specifications.
I had earlier thought about it before meeting her up that I will not be able to commit to a full-time job since I'm a SAHM now and the most I could offer is half day job...which is about 2 or 3 times a week. But of course, the best is if I can work from home. Reason for my points are same as why I quit my job:
* I'm still breastfeeding my (going to be 13 mths old) boy, I feel that I should be around at home to feed and care for him as well.
* Yes, my MIL is at home but problem is she has sleeping problems (her body clock is out of tune...she sleeps at 5-6am and wakes up at 1-2pm) and she has arthritis as well, so we do not want to trouble her much to care for Ben for too long hours.
* We only have 1 car in the family and hubby uses it to meet clients and go for his projects and jobs. Only when he's taking the train to town that I get to use his car. Even with the thought of working 2-3 times of half day job is also quite problematic already...
My ex-boss proposed that I work 2-3 times a week of full day job (as in 9am to 6pm) but I told her this option is definitely not feasible and explained to her my points above and proposed my 2-3 half days a week option, which I added that it is of course the best if I could work from home. Reason being:
* If I could remote from home to the IT system, I can put on more hours of work (compared to the half day option) as when Ben takes his nap (average 2-3 hours each time during day time - which he normally does twice) I have the free time to do other things. When Ben is awake, I don't need to fully be next to him, Ben has always been able to play by himself for quite long hours. Problem is when he takes his nap, he needs my breasts... he will suckle for about 5-10 minutes and dozes off to sleep.. which is why full day job is not feasible.
* If I could work from home, I do not need to worry about transportation issues at all.
* My Internet connection is on 24/7 so work from home is not an issue.
If you are wondering why am I not expressing and storing my breastmilk? I would say "What's the point?" I've been a SAHM for about 10 mths now and do not feel the need to express and store my breastmilk. Plus Ben is on solids 3 times a day and only takes breastmilk prior to napping or sleeping (about 4-5 times daily)
Now, without this job offer, I am still doing fine. Seriously... We have all been living on 1 income (that is hubby's) since I quit my job in June last year and until now, my own savings are barely touched at all (except to pay for my mobile phone charges). Plus I'm also helping out my hubby in his own IT business on the admin side - this does keep me busy sometime (and yeah yeah... blogging keeps me busy too! ;P).
Now, do I need this additional pressure and stress?
My ex-boss has mentioned that they could look for someone to analyze and go through the system and do the data migration but that would take time and they want to rush this new system out by this year end. She said since I'm available and familiar with the system, perhaps I could help them out.
I did told her that I will be glad to help if I can, in fact, I've always been loyal and helpful as much as I can to my previous company (even as a SAHM now, sometimes the users still emailed me for help even though I'm no longer a staff of the company) but if I am to help out, I have to consider my priorities as well.
Now, my children and family is ahead of everything (before God of course!) and I told her frankly without this job, I can still survive since I'm doing fine after quitting. She kept asking me to discuss with my family and revert to her tomorrow.
Hmmm... in my mind, I'm almost 100% leaning towards 'no' on this job offer. Like I said, if it is working from home, I can definitely consider but any other option than this... I guess not. And honestly, if my help is sought and desperately needed, I think my circumstances should be understood, respected and catered for... Arghh... I dread disappointing people but in this case, my family comes first.
Maybe I'm getting used to the idea of being a SAHM.
Maybe my blog header quote by Mildred B. Vermont is right....