Did you choose a job after maternity leave?
Ah! I would love for us all to dive into this question… just your experience in general — if you could do it over, would you do it the same or differently?
I am lucky in that I work for myself… but also unlucky in that too :) Before this bambino arrives I will have a lot of work cut out for myself in prepping for a month or 2 away… Thankfully my clients are awesome, but my situation is rather unique. I think developing a post baby schedule will be harder than I can imagine… perhaps I will sort out how to become more productive in less time too — no more dilly dallying!
Okay… so fuss up ladies… did you/do you work a 9-5 you went back to? Did you stay at home? Did you find something you could do from home?
And now tell me about your day to day post kids — if you work from, what is it like? does it work for you? if you work outside the home? do you love it or wish you had more time at home?
I just said «home» a lot… so let's dive in! :)
I did not go back to work, nor did I plan to. We had decided once we had children I would stay at home.
I went back to work out of necessity when my husband got laid off in 2008 and have been working from home ever since. Some days I have a love-hate relationship with working from home. I love being my own boss, I love the flexibility I have, but I hate that I am a work-a-holic and overachiever because sometimes I don't know how and when to quit. I made a deal with my family several months ago that I would start taking weekends off so we'd have more family time together rather than me just working all the time. This has worked really well for me and I head into my work week on Monday morning feeling more refreshed and ready to go.
I like that I can earn an income and yet still stay at home with my children. At times I think about getting out to get a "real" job but the thought usually doesn't last long since I know I can make decent money from home, thankfully.
I do find it hard at times with the children all about but mostly it is during those times when I have to think and write, which is a lot of the time lately now that I think about it!
I don't like the struggle to keep everything balanced because I feel like I am letting someone down. :( Mama guilt is never fun or easy.