I took a job to become a better mom. You don't hear those words a lot, do you? I think there are people that are meant to be full-time homemakers and I am not one of them.
I didn't work for about 6 months when I was pregnant and we were moving from Alabama to Ohio. I found myself sitting in my stretchy pants, eating lots of chocolate, and basically ignoring all the housework I had to do. I did spend lots of time with Maya (this was before Reili was born) and we had a lot of fun. I just think I got into a rut. I think the ultimate solution for me was to get a part-time job.
I need structure. Not structure created by me (which doesn't seem to exist) but structure created by someone else thus making me have to organize the rest of my life. This may only make sense to me, but there it is. I get more things done the busier I am.
Overall, I'm happier. I have a good balance of work and home. I also get to interact with adults on a regular basis. This makes me feel like my IQ isn't dropping by the second.