Nowadays, it is usual for mum & dad to 'bring home the bacon'. Financially, this is a practical option - two heads is indeed better than one. Increased income equals a better lifestyle & added savings lead to a secure future. Therefore, more & more couples consider this the norm.
Lucky me, I have a supportive partner. So, I gave up my corpy job and chose to stay home.
Here are my reasons:
- To be a full-time hands-on mummy: I decided to go yaya-less because I wanted to experience motherhood at extreme levels. From changing nappies, to burping, to breastfeeding, to pacifying the fussy baby at 3am with hardly any sleep... That is how I manage my days.
- To breastfeed exclusively: I am aware that pumping is an option (if I had to work) but there is a HUGE difference when you do direct breastfeeding. The bonding is so intense, I could cry each time. When my son looks me in the eyes, my heart just melts!
- To watch Santi grow: I know babies grow up so darn fast. I remember my son just newly born, now he's filling up fast & cooing, next, he'll be crawling away! I don't dare miss any of his firsts that a yaya wouldn't care less about :P