So you're a working mom?

Muffin By Muffin, 11th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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What are the pros and cons in the life of a working mom? Read on to learn more.

Making ends meet

I don't know about you, but the main reason why I need to work is to help my husband in paying the bills and other household expenses. Sounds familiar? Well, this is exactly my case. As one of my recent acquaintances put it: 'Man does not live on one paycheck alone'. This statement may be true in one sense, but I don't think I agree with it entirely.

Those challenging years

About a year and a half after my wedding day, my husband and I shared the good news to our in-laws and friends that I was with child. At that time, I was a supervisor at a multinational company. To make matters worse, my workload was too much to handle for someone who was having a difficult pregnancy, specifically the first trimester. I worked as hard as I could, but for the sake of my baby's safety I chose to quit that stressful job on my fifth month in the family way.

The lull period

From the sixth month up until I gave birth, our financial situation was pretty much manageable. After all, I got a very good separation pay from the company where I resigned from. However, things slowly changed as my husband was not able to earn well from his sales job. In addition, our savings and my last company pay were little by little used up for the household and baby-related expenses.

Yes...nine months

I took care of my babe for nine months. After which, I had no other choice but to force myself back in to the jungle that's called the corporate world. And I tell you, it was no walk in the park. I was working during daytime and was spending special mommy moments with my daughter at night.

Things are looking up

While I was in my first job after my pregnancy, another company showed interest in the skills that I could bring to their table. After some negotiations, I finally accepted the new job offer. Better pay, better benefits. So I thought, I'll give it a shot.

My heart was crushed.

Sure, I was one of those career women with a management post and an enviable salary, but there was no day in my life during that period that I didn't think about my daughter. Of course at that time we (my hubby and I) were able to afford the services of a nanny. However, I was so uncomfortable with the fact that someone else was seeing my daughter's 'daily developments'. Someone else was holding her when she was afraid, cold, and hungry.

Fast forward to... now

I knew in my mind and my heart that this situation can't go on for another minute. I had to do something. I had to make a choice. The choice not to let the years go by without my daughter knowing how it is to be loved by her mom in an undivided way. Our family situation right now is far from perfect. We still struggle with our finances. Nevertheless, my dream of working from home and being physically present for my daughter has become a reality. And this...I won't exchange for any other high-paying job.

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Boss, Breadwinner, Childcare, Children, Chores, Expenses, Finances, Housework, Jobs, Juggle, Mom, Multitasking, Nanny, Overtime, Paycheck, Pregnancy, Superwoman, Tasks, Work

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author avatar soraya452
11th Jun 2012 (#)

I hope when the day come I will be able to stay home and care for my child also.

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author avatar Muffin
11th Jun 2012 (#)

I hope so too. :-)

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