worries about future transition back into workforce
I know that if I were to try to go back into the paid workforce right now, it would be really hard, because my skills are outdated (I was in software which moves really fast, and it's been nearly 10 years). That said, I know of other moms who did it. Some kept working part time or freelance from home, some did a bit of volunteer work, and others just went back to school. It can be hard depending on what line of work you are in. If you can swing just cutting back to say, 10 hours per week, that might be a better idea. Or finding a way to get flexible hours so that your dh can watch the baby while you work from home or something.
I think either Mothering or the La Leche League magazine had an article about this back in 2003. They had a name for it but I forgot what it is.
Sorry, no advice, but I am in a similar situation with the same worries. I usually don't have time to think about it, but when I do, I can't imagine how I'll be able to get back into my previously chosen profession without just going back to school for my PhD. I had just gotten my master's when I got pregnant, so I have education, but little to no work experience in the field. When DD gets a bit older, I hope to start doing some volunteer work so that my career world doesn't seem so distant from my brain anymore. At the moment, that part of me is almost like last night's fading dream... I'll definitely be watching this thread for tips and advice from other moms.
I remember the word for it, anyway: sequencing. Here is a book about it:
OTOH, I think it was completely worth it to stay home w my kids.
If you're doing something that would allow you to put in ten hours a week, I think that would be the best of both worlds.
I have no plan to return to work in the near future. I wanted to share what most of my friends are doing. Volunteering their time to gain work experience and transitioning to paid positions.
Most of my once stay at home mom friends are working now. That is what mostl did. One did a complete career change and went back to school.