I've been a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) for what feels like FOREVER. I've done a ton of volunteer work, and owned my own business, but I had a LOT of flexibility with that, and no boss to really report to on my whereabouts.
We're in a bad financial situation, and really the only way to get out of it is for me to get a job. I have wanted to work, and was planning to around now, if we were able to find childcare options for our kids. It looks like I may have those options now.
My oldest has severe special needs so we can't just leave her with anyone, and it is hard to find people who have the availability we need. I think I have the providers I need now though, and between that and public school, I think I have enough care to be able to find a job finally, and not have to worry about where she is and who she is with.
I have a 6yo too, that is a neuro-typical, happy, loving girl - very low-maintenance as far as childcare goes, should that be a need.
I'm pregnant with my third now (only 7 weeks), and that was a very unexpected, but happy surprise. It definitely messes with my original plans of going to work now, but I think I can work it out. I should be able to work throughout the pregnancy, take a reasonable (not super long) maternity leave, and then go back to work, hopefully being able to afford childcare for the baby from the funds of the new job.
I found a job I am really REALLY interested in, helping families dealing with special needs in the community. I am qualified for everything they require, and a bit more (certifications, trainings, experience, etc). It doesn't pay a ton, but pays well for our area ($12/hour), and has crazy amazing benefits, including a cell phone stipend and mileage. There are 4 openings for the job, which means I have much better odds of getting it than if there were just one opening. I think I have a really good shot at this job!
The bonus to that is that I schedule my own appointments anytime I am able to meet parents that also fits their schedule... could be evenings and weekends, and very often is. That would be great, because it works with the converse of hubby's schedule so I know I could count on him to be there if I needed him to be with the kiddos while I go out on a meeting.
I'm very excited about this opportunity, but the idea of going from being a stay at home mom to a working mom is overwhelming to me, especially with the new baby coming. Still, we really NEED for me to get this job.
Anyone gone from SAHM to working mom, and have a story to tell about it? :) I'd love to hear!