I had always wanted to be a career woman. I remember telling my mom that no matter what I did, I wanted to carry a briefcase. (I always knew how important accessories are!)
I also knew that I wanted children, but figured that I would go back to work full-time and do the day care thing. Once I got pregnant with MissyMiss I started to change my thinking. I decided that I would go back to work part-time for a while. That first day that I had to leave her at daycare was AWFUL. I knew then that what I really wanted was to be a stay-at-home mom...something I never would have seen myself doing.
Unfortunately, my husband was still doing his training and his meager salary would not support us, so I had to keep working. Once he finished his training and was offered a job, I decided to resign from my jobs. I will never forget that first day home, when I didn't have to bring MissyMiss to daycare...it was an amazing feeling of relief. She was about 1.5 at the time and I thrilled to be able to stay home with her.
I have been home since then..about 4 years and I love it. I would never judge a mom who works. I think that each family should do what is best for them, and for us it is for me to stay home.
I know working moms who think I am crazy and say "I could never stay home all day." The funny thing is...I am not home that much. We like to be out and about and I am always trying to find fun and inexpensive, or even better, free, things for me and the kids to do. Each day is an adventure.
I plan to go back to work part-time once Bubby starts kindergarten. So, to stay current, I have been doing continuing education courses. Last week I went to one that was all day. Daddy took the day off from work to be Mr. Mom for the day. I was really missing the kids and called home at lunch to check on everyone. Bubby got on the phone and said "Hi Mommy. Come back home.".
Yep...I am just where I want to be.