I'm 33 years old and currently 30 weeks pregnant with our first child. I grew up knowing that I would never quit my career - that I could keep my career AND still be able to have children and be a good mother. However, after having found you a few years ago, I've decided to quit my career and become a full-time mom. My husband is fully supportive of that choice, but I'm getting very nervous thinking about suddenly stopping my career.
All I know and all I've ever known since graduate school is my career. I'm worried that I'll regret quitting. Every working mom I talk to tells me that staying home drove them insane. I don't see how spending time at home with your baby would drive you nuts, but I've never been a mom OR been unemployed! This may sound strange, but I consider all my professional projects my "babies" because of the amount of time and stress that goes into completing each one. So, in a way, I feel like I'm abandoning my "babies" to have real human babies. I find that I have to explain my choice to others, because many women today disagree with the idea of staying home to raise their kids. I get a lot of dirty looks and my feelings get hurt, but I know I'm doing the right thing. However, please keep reminding those of us making this choice that it's the right thing to do, no matter how it feels at first. Thank you for helping me take the brave (and correct) option for my future family.