I could use a little reassurance, if you don't mind. I have always planned to work as a mom -- I like working, it makes me feel good about myself and I've always felt I wouldn't be fulfilled without having something of my own outside of my family. Now that I'm pregnant, I still feel that way, but other people are starting to give me doubts. No one knows I'm pregnant yet, but all of a sudden it feels like everyone around me is constantly talking about how hard it is to work when you have a child or saying there is "no way" they could work while being a mom. One of my coworkers, who was pretty adamant about wanting to work before mat leave, was talking earlier today about how terrible she feels leaving her daughter so much. The other day, one of my friends basically told me that being a working mom means you feel like you're a crappy mom and a crappy employee. To be fair, that particular friend would love to SAH but can't. Still, it's starting to freak me out! I'm wondering if I'm crazy to think I'll actually still enjoy and want to work, or if this is one of those, "Oh, just you wait until the baby comes" things.
So if you are a person who works outside of the home and you enjoy it, I would love to hear from you. What do you like about it? Did you always think you'd enjoy working? Was there a hard adjustment period?