This is a little long.... but please help!
So I own a cake business that I do out of my home (downstairs in our remodeled basement). This is my only job and as such I knew I couldnt just take off indefinitely after I had my baby. I am due this Thursday Aug 15 and I am a first time mom so I am not too sure exactly how much time I will need off. Some people say 4 weeks is plenty some say a year - which is not doable for me. I was thinking 6-8 weeks off. As alot of you may know, having a job like this I cant just work up until I have the baby especially since most of my work is wedding cakes (which people book way far in advance) - so I didnt want to schedule a cake lets say 2 weeks before im due then go into labor and have to cancel. With that being said, I took my last wedding cake 3 weeks ago to be safe. Now my dr had mentioned that she would schedule me to be induced on my due date if i hadnt had the baby by then and now is saying shed rather wait a week or so later (which id rather do too) BUT my dilemma:
I have a wedding cake booked already for Sept 28 (which means I will start working probably Sept 21ish to get everything ready). Now the wedding cake is fairly simple but the grooms cake they want is very hard and detailed and a 3D cake. Normally this is no issue but im scared I wont be healed enough. Now why did i take the cake order you ask? Well its actually a friend of mines wedding and she asked me when i was probably 6 months prego and I thought (in my naive, first time mom state) that Id prolly have the baby by now so having 5-6 weeks off would be enough. Well now if im another week later (past my due date) im going to be down to 4 weeks and im kinda freaking out! Now even tho this cake is for a friend, she is still paying me to do it, like any other client i have.
Its the only order I have for that week so im debating what to do. The wedding cake is fairly easy, just a 3 tier buttercream cake and shes providing flowers - i know i can do that because its only about 10 hours of work. Im mainly worried about taking another 15-20 hours to do the grooms cake they want and what i should do....esp with a newborn at home
My biggest concern is what if im another week late and if something happens and i have a csection--i really dont think 4 weeks is enough time to heal.
Please no mean responses - i know i should have alotted for more time and it was very dumb and naive of me to think id have had the baby by now.... but what should i do now?
Should I wait and try not to be induced and maybe tell her i cant do the grooms cake because i wont be healed enough?
should i hope i can do it and im healed enough?
is 4 weeks of time off enough? since im not tech going to a job outside of my home and its not a full 40 hours? with both cakes its more like 30 hours. HELP! advice from other moms and bakers!