Thank you Ashley! We are very excited to become parents!
Thankfully, my husband's salary provides very well for us. Therefore, it was never a necessity for me to work. I think I would enjoy working, and the second income would always be nice.
My husband and I attended college together (I earned a psychology degree first). We graduated, got married one week later, and moved to Houston for his career. I was a stay-at-home wife in a brand new city with the opportunity to become anything I wanted, and a husband who supported my career aspirations. After debating grad school for an advanced degree in Psychology or a bachelor's in nursing, I chose nursing. After 4 years of hard work and dedication, I graduated nursing school, and shortly after was a newly licensed RN. Therefore, I want all my time, educational commitment, and hard work I have put into earning both my Psychology Degree, BSN, and RN license to actually pay off at some point. Even though I don't need to work, my husband would be disappointed if I didn't try to pursue my career in nursing, seeing as non of that education was cheap.
We did talk tonight, and we decided that it would probably be best for me and our family to wait to apply for jobs till after the baby is born. I know I will want plenty of time with my baby, and would just be miserable when leaving my very new baby to go to work. Maybe, summer of 2013 will be my time that my career can get off the ground. Becoming a successful mommy is just more important to me right now.
I do have to admit that I really hate that women have to make the decision to raise a family, or have a successful career. Men are never faced with these ethical dilemmas. It's never a problem for them to have a successful career and be a father. I can't wait till the day that true equality in the workplace exists for us women.