I'm at home with Nina who is nearly 9 months, and we plan for me to stay home until she goes to school, and we're lucky enough to be in a position to do that. Our mortgage is hard work but managable, and hubby and I are both pretty good at budgeting.
I couldn't bear the idea of leaving my girl to go to work, if I had to I guess I could manage part-time but I'd hate it - even though I do have days when I envy DH for being able to walk out the door and leave the chaos for the day - and he gets to talk to grown-ups all day! But I know I'm the lucky one having lots of quality time with my girl.
I used to be a bit of a career girl but always knew I'd stop working to have kids, I think I was influenced by my mum who stayed at home with us. We never had much money or luxuries, but she was there and that meant a lot to me. I know it will be hard getting back into my career later, but that's a problem to worry about another day!
I have a bit of pressure put on me by my MIL, she was a working mum and likes to drop hints about jobs I could do to "help out" - which drives me crazy - is being a full-time devoted mum to her grandchild, wife to her son, and cook and housekeeper not "helping out" enough? I hate it when people make you feel somehow less valuable just because you're not bringing money into the house, but hubby and I are both happy with the way we plan to manage our family, so that's the main thing.
If I could change anything maybe I'd pass a law making it legal to smack people in the head who say, "So when are you going BACK to work?" lol tongue
This new forum is strange ...