- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
I’m sure this issue has been beaten to death, but I hope my situation is unique enough for another post.
Currently, I’m halfway through a post-bacc accelerated nursing program, and I’m graduating in December. My husband and I have been married for 6 months, and originally, we were planning to wait a couple of years to start a family. Well, right now, we’ve both come down with a serious case of baby fever, so we’ve decided to start a family sooner than later, preferably early next year.
Thankfully, my husband has a very secure job working for the family business, and he makes more than enough money for the both of us, so finances aren’t an issue, but I know that if we start TTC this summer in order to have our first child early next year, there are several problems I could run into: (a) It’s not ideal to be pregnant during nursing school although several classmates of mine have done so succesfully and (b) I won’t gain any nursing experience after graduation which will make it harder for me to return to the workforce later.
As it is, I’m planning to be a Stay-At-Home Mom for at least 5 years, but eventually, I want to work for a couple years and return to school for a master’s or a doctorate.
On the other hand, we could wait to start a family until after I gain at least one year of nursing experience, and hopefully, I won’t have as many issues returning to the work force eventually, but honestly, I don’t know if we could wait another 18 months-2 years to have a child. I think it’d be really hard on us.
I should add that we’re both in our mid-20s, and we’re planning to buy a house this summer.
What should I do?
-CAREER WOMAN: Should we ignore our baby fever and stick with our original plan to start a family in our early-30s after I’ve worked for a few years?
-STAY-AT-HOME-MOM: Should we start TTC in the next few months to have a baby early next year and worry about issues returning to workforce when the time comes?
-CAREER NOW, STAY-AT-HOME-MOM LATER: Should we wait until the end of next year/beginning of the following year to have a baby, so I can finish nursing school and have at least one year of nursing experience?
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