Stephanie - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
My son celebrated his 10 month birthday a couple of days ago which, along with the 'where did the time go?' and "I never though we would make it" and "my how he has grown" comments came the inevitable and dreaded question...."When are you going back to work?". While this question has, naturally, been in the back of my mind, it is one that I have managed to avoid until this past week.
Two nights ago my husband and I began discussing the "Pros" and "Cons" of me returning to work. I work in an Elementary school as an aide to special needs kids. Its the perfect job in terms of job satisfaction, my working day in short and I get summers and holidays off ...the down side is that the pay isn't great. In fact, if I were to return to work, nearly all of my pay would go to daycare and my car payment. Ultimatley, it would make more sense for me to stay home with the baby and I know that there are thousands of Moms who would love the opportunity to stay home with their babies but I really like my job. It isn't even so much that I miss my job as it is that I really miss having my own space. My husband is trying his best to understand that but is having a difficult time seeing past all of the practical aspects of having me at home. I am trying to find some kind of balance...one that will allow me maintain some autonomy while still being home with the baby...at least until the next school year begins in September....I am sure these discussions will resume in August when we will once again have to address this topic.
Wish me luck!