Originally Posted by acp
Is it just me, or does it seem like there are more working mamas on this thread than in most of the Life with a Babe threads? Is it something about having babies later in life that makes us more inclined to keep with a career? Most of my friends with babies (also in their 30s) have continued to work at least part-time as well....
One of the reasons I like this thread so much is the higher proportion of working mamas (even though I may not be in the ranks much longer if DH gets the new job we're expecting). I'm on my 3rd career at 35 (I was a professional musician, then worked in the tech sector doing marketing strategy, and now I'm a nurse), and I've been working since I was 14 years old. DH and I are also both on second marriages. I feel like I've spent many, many years *becoming* who I am as an adult, and the notion of putting that MUCH of myself on hold seemed a bridge too far.
However, having a preemie that now seems to have chronic health issues, working FT isn't....well, working. DH and I have both had to miss at least one day of work per week since the first week in October because DS was too sick to go to daycare. His job is on the rocks anyway, and mine, while I like it a lot, won't pay the bills in uber-spendy DC. It's a two-income kinda town for most. So he's been working hard to find a job in a cheaper location, and it looks like that's going to pan out in the next couple of weeks (job offer vibes appreciated!!). Moving with a 5 month old will SUCK (especially since we just moved here in JUNE), but it looks like this is the only way to keep the babe healthy. And I seriously doubt my work is going to tolerate all this time I'm missing.