If you are a single mom or a family that is dependent on two incomes, you may not have the option to leave your job to stay home with your baby. However, if you do have the privilege of that choice, how do you decide?
There are pros and cons to both, and you need to fully consider both sides before you make the decision to work or stay at home after your baby is born.
Working means you can bring in money to help with extra expenses accrued by your baby, but it also means you are away from her most of the day, leaving her in daycare or with a babysitter.
Staying at home means you are hands-on with her all day long, knowing what she is doing, what she is eating, and learning all her little habits and quirks, but it also means you are with her 24/7, which can be a bit of a drain if you do not get out every once in a while.
Personally, as a stay at home mom, I can tell you that it is not easy, being the only one to entertain your little one if she is the first or an only child, while trying to keep up with your home and personal needs throughout the day. But despite all of that, I would not trade it for anything.
There is nothing wrong with working after your baby is born. Some women like to work and they cherish those hours away from their baby (which makes their time together so much sweeter). But, if you have the opportunity to stay home with your little one, it is completely worth it, in my opinion.