Here's my situation: DH has been unemployed for the past 2 years- completely unexpected that it has gone on this long. Our original plan was to pay off debt and save quite a bit with his salary during this period, which obviously didn't happen. And we hoped his salary would be significant enough to let me be a SAHM when the time came. SAHM has always been my dream job because I'd love it, not really because I thought it would be any better for our kids or because it made any financial sense. However, I'm starting to get baby fever and it is not looking like DH's job (when he gets one) is going to be able to cover all of our expenses to allow me to be a SAHM unless we drastically cut back. So now I'm trying to come to terms with being a working mom. It will alleviate a ton of the financial stress and I'm starting to see that maybe I could be happy with this option. I also feel it might just be time to put on my big girl panties (sorry for those that squirm) and do what is right for our family and not necessary what I want, since sometimes we can't get everything we want.
I would like to know if anyone else had always pictured being a SAHM, and now is a working mom. Are you happy with your choice to work? Or do you regret that decision? Would significant lifestyle sacrifices be worth it to SAH for you? Or do any SAHM's feel that there is a limit to the sacrifices you should make to stay home and maybe wish that they were working? Basically, I'm curious from the experience of both sides if I could be happy with sacrificing my dream of being a SAHM for the good of the family.