Thanks so much for getting in touch with me. Congratulations on your pregnancy. It is one of the most exciting and terrifying times of your life, I assure you. I also had very mixed feelings about leaving teaching behind. I loved my students and coworkers and was very afraid of the isolation of new motherhood. The first few months were very difficult as I learned about my daughter and adjusted to life away from the workplace. But I will also tell you that even now, more than 12 years later, I look back on the first few months as the best of my life. Even though I had a son later and I love him dearly, those first few months of just my baby and me were priceless.
I have not regretted my decision to stay home once. Sure, some days were lonely and the world doesn't value my choice as much as I did. But for me and my children it was the right thing to do. You are ahead of the game as you see motherhood as a vocation. A life-long one at that. I will be praying for you as you make the transition. I hope you will keep in touch and let me know how it goes.
I appreciate your kind words about my work. I am blessed to be able to do it all from home.