So I've tried just about all of the combinations of the above - I was at home with DD until she was 14 months old, then I worked part-time, and now I work full time (with DD, now nearly 3 years old, in a fantastic daycare centre full-time).
Long story short, I thought being in a full-time challenging job would suit me perfectly, but now I'm missing my daughter like crazy and wishing I could be at home with her more. The problem is, I earn more money than my DH, and we have about $8k in credit card debt that we're working really hard to chip away at. So I feel like I really have to work full-time for the financial security of my family (we're planning on trying for another bub later in the year, just to add more pressure there!). But I'm really itching to spend more time at home with DD.
How do I work out the right balance that allows me to earn money to support my family without feeling like I'm missing out on spending time with my daughter?