I have about 2 months of maternity leave left. I pooled in all my SL, PL, CL and every other type of leave toghether to make sure I get maximum time with kiddo now. But I already find myself wondering whether to go back to work… In my heart, I want to spend all my time with kiddo. Right now, I am sooooooo crazy about him. Dont want to stay away from him for a minute (ok, ok except when he’s bawling his heart out in a middle of the night colic attack).
I dont want to miss a single smile, a laugh or a hug. I want to be there for each of his ‘firsts’.
But practicallity says – stay put. Continue with that job. What with 2 mortagages (aka Home Loans) and a recession, it ain’t such a great idea to kick such a great job (yes, I am one of the few who likes their job). Try reducing the number of hours or see if I can work from home.
Or a bit scarier – quit my job and try starting something from home.
People who knew me in school or college would be shocked to hear me even contemplating being a stay-at-home-mom. I used to be quite a ‘career woman’, an ambitious achiever. Now, I’m a bright red tent house. Okay that’s how the new bright red dress I got stitched postpartum looks on me. I actually went out and got some bright clothes (aka red, green and yellow) becuase Junior fancies bright colors these days!
There’s been enough written and debated about this topic (about getting back to work, silly, not bright red tent houses). Penelope Trunk makes some good points in her article “Quit work for a while to have kids. Your career will be just fine”.
Then there’s Shweta’s “Is a Career Woman Happier than a Stay at Home Mom?”
Hmm.. good points. But I’m still where I was. Ideally, I’d like to stay at home with the kiddo for a year or two. Maybe take up something part time for a few hours a day. But becuase of the recession and finances that may not be the wisest of decisions.