Hoping that some of you can give me some perspective and support. I'm pregnant with my first child and due in September. I'll be taking 12 weeks of FMLA but will then be back at work around early January 2019. I'm planning to return to work because I want to continue my career, but also am also the person who provides health insurance coverage for our family. Our plan is to have our baby in daycare full time. I've looked at some other care options, but it seems a nanny would cost 3/4 of my yearly salary (I'm in education). Also, my husband works from home so it would be tough to have baby and nanny home with him during the day.
I've been feeling a lot of anxiety this pregnancy because of my husband's job. His job requires him to travel quite a bit and I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to handle working FT and taking care of baby while he's away. Another thing that makes all of this harder is that I work until 9 pm one night a week and occasionally work a Saturday or Sunday. If any of you other working mamas have experience with a spouse that travels or some encouragement/ideas to make things work, I'd appreciate it! It feels overwhelming becoming a first time mom and returning to work, but the travel aspect of my husband's job is really raising my anxiety level.