We were a typical urban couple living in a cool brownstone in the city (Chicago) and in, just a wee bit, over our heads. Not to say that we were living beyond our means but we were certainly living at the edge of them. We both made decent livings but how do you begin to figure out finances without one major income and not wanting to give up city living quite yet? We were the first of our friends to have a kid and everyone lived in the neighborhood just right around the corner. This became our challenge as we plotted, planned, and prayed for the answer which would allow one of us to stay home with our little preshy...preferably me!
My first day back was a typical Chicago winter day...lots of snow. I worked in the 'burbs so I had a hike ahead of me and knew it would be slow going. I begged my husband to drop off our SIX WEEK OLD baby for her first day at the sitter. I knew I would never be able to do it (BTW he took her for the whole first week as I chickened out everyday). Heartbreaking!
I was still in the neighborhood, hadn't even made it to the highway, and the streets were much more slippery than I thought. I coasted up to a stop sign and slid halfway though it. Looking from left to right and seeing no one (or so I thought), I made the decision to continue my slide and keep going. Woot, woot, woot! Flashing lights! Damn it, a sneaky cop was right there.
I rolled down my window, slapped a big smile on my face and began to work my way out of this one. Chicago cops don't like excuse even when I explained it was my first day back to work after having a baby just 6 short weeks ago. His comment was, "Then don't you think you should be more careful?". There wasn't another car in site! So, not only was I going to be late for work, I would have to pay a fine and attend traffic school in order to fulfill my debt to the City of Chicago.
I didn't have the time or the money for either plus I had to explain this one to my very careful husband who never gets tickets, blah, blah, blah!!! All I wanted to do was play with my baby and probably cry.
1.) Return to work after baby was born or stay home? How did you make your decision?