My DS is 13 months old and I am wanting to return to some form of employment for both financial reasons (more that I'd like to feel that I'm contributing again to our household income) and mental stimulation. I've had a rocky start to motherhood, suffering PND and believe that I need a balance between being a mum and an employee.
In an ideal world I would like to find part-time work, but I'm finding that in my area of marketing, fulfilling part-time employment is like hen's teeth. So I am contemplating going back to full-time work. My DS is currently in childcare 2 days a week and really loves it.
However, my concerns about returning to F/T work are:
A) I'll get over tired and my depression will return
B) my DS still wakes most nights for a feed (however, I've noticed that he generally sleeps through the days he's been at childcare)
C) the guilt I will feel going back to work knowing that I don't HAVE to go back, it's more my choice
And there are probably a heap of other concerns. BUT there are pluses too.
I guess I'm after some support and feedback from those working full time and whether it really is OK to make that choice. And can you be happy and enjoy both work and being a mum? I'd love to hear from ppl who made that choice like me and realized it was the best thing for them!!!!
Thanks in advance.