As an update, Jeramy is feeling much better, and Jillian has not yet come down with the flu. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Also in terms of good news, we should be the owners of just one house very shortly as the sale of the old house should be final today or tomorrow.
Okay so here is the meat and potatoes of this post. Why is it that people expect working moms to feel guilty and conflicted about their choice not to stay at home. I ask this because I have had some instances lately where somebody IRL expects to feel horrible about working when I do not. I like my job. Obviously I need my job given that Jeramy is unemployed. And if one of us were to become a permanent, full-time, stay-at-home parent it would be him and not me.
So here is the thing...I don't feel guilty. Not one little bit. The first couple days I was a little sad, but nothing like I've seen other moms go through. Admittedly my transition has been easier than most. My mother-in-law who is now only two miles down the road watches Jillian (or Jeramy when he is not working at a real job or on the new house). Breastfeeding got screwed up in the very beginning so I haven't had any nursing problems. I'm not good at keeping myself entertained without the structure a job provides. And all this does not mean I'm a bad mom. I truly cherish my time with Jillian...good luck trying to get me to let you babysit during my oh-so-valuable evenings or weekends. I just don't feel bad about my choice, and I'm tired of being made to feel like I should.
So my question to you is this. Why do people expect moms to feel guilty about working, but nobody even thinks twice about a working dads?
Updated to add...
Just to be clear I'm not saying there is anything wrong with preferring to be a SAHM or even having to work and hating it. I'm a big believer in doing whatever works for you and your family. I'm simply commenting on my own experience and frustrations here...