I worked full time until my first child was born, I was lucky that while on maternity leave a part time job opened up in my office so I took it. My father in law had just retired and agreed to watch my daughter, since we didn't have to pay for daycare it evened out. We were looking for a house during this time and weren't sure how we would afford it if I stayed home. Then when my second child was born we knew I would have to stay home. There was no way my father in law could watch both kids, and we really didn't have any other family that could help out.
This turned out to be a good decision because shortly after I left everyone in my department was let go. Also my kids were sick so much I probably wouldn't have had a job for long anyway. This way I could stay up with them at night and my husband could get rest for work.
So funny how when I was at work I couldn't stop thinking about being home. Then when I was at home I always had things I needed to do at work on my mind. But working even part time I felt more together, useful, and organized than I do now.
http://pinterest.com/pin/138978338473130582/ This is a tough one ladies, I've been on both sides of this debate. I think there is much benefit on either side. There is a lot of influence out there telling you, you need to stay home to be a good mother, or telling you that working and providing for your family is best. I know some moms who work part time jobs just for their sanity, to get out of the house for a little while.
Knowing everything I know now I would have done so much differently. I probably would have looked for a part time job that would have allowed me to work around my husband's schedule, that way if the kids were sick one of us would have been home for them. Also Summers would have been covered too.
If you are faced with this decision, do not let anyone make you feel guilty or like you are doing something wrong, no matter what you choose. This is one of those situations where when you look back it is possible that you will never regret what you decided or maybe you will, LOL! What I'm trying to say is there is really no right or wrong here, you just need to do what is comfortable for you.