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My advice may not be appropriate for you. That's ok. You are just fine how you are and I am the right kind of me.
enjoying motherhood way more than science:
married to DH (2003) mama to DD(Nov 2008) & DS (Mar 2011)
It seems like you are pretty sure about your decision already. But just to make sure, I would say take that extra maternity leave until next January. That will give you enough to time to spend with your baby and really make sure you want to quit. I personally decided to give myself a 5 year maternity leave (which I think only makes sense!) and quit my job but I do plan on going back to work later on. Sure it will be to a different job but hey.
I have two thing to say:
Being in NJ(I'm in NJ): Things are changing so much that not be tenured may be a problem. If that is not a problem for you......
I was a teacher in NJ: I love staying home. Personal I will never go back into education. Right now I'm unschooling my 2 boys and loving it!!!!! We did have to cut back on a lot of "things" BUT I don't see my life anyother way.
I could say more but my toddler is in the way. Hope that helps.
I loved teaching. It was something that truly fulfilled my soul. I have now been home for 2.5 years. I'm really happy at home. Given my experiences as a teacher there is no way I am putting my children into public school and I am not particularly interested in private schools for a wide variety of reasons I won't get into here. I am home for the long haul because as much as I love teaching 150+ kids a year it is more important to me to teach *my* children.
But I do miss it fiercely. I was very good at it and I did a lot of good for a lot of kids.
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