I can't even count how many times I have been asked that question.
I was annoyed at first when people would ask because I felt I was automatically being judged for going back instead of 'wanting' to stay home but I'm sort of over what people think.
As most of you know I work in television and have for nearly 20-years.
10 of those years were spent working my butt off as a TV news producer to get to the next position, the next market, the next pay bracket, etc.
I worked weekends for 6-years missing weddings, baby showers, parties, events.
I worked the morning show shift for 1-year which had me reporting into work at 11pm and signing off around 9am.
Talk about a killer for a social life when you're in your early 20's!
I worked the 3rd shift for 3-years going in at 2pm and signing off midnight.
I've done it all.
Blood, sweat, tears.
Then, 7 1/2 years ago I went out on my own and freelanced and contracted.
I worked at PBS along with numerous other places along with contracting at the major corporation that I currently work at.
That major corporation hired me full-time nearly 3-years ago and I feel TRULY LUCKY to have such a WONDERFUL job still working in television doing what I love but without the crazy hours, people, poor pay and drama.
I'm giving you all this back story to give you insight on how hard I have worked and what my career means to me.
Right now, I can't imagine giving up such a great job, great people and everything I have worked for.
There are hundreds of people who would kill for my job!!
It would be different if I was doing something I didn't like but TV is in my blood.
I'm not against women staying home with their children I'm just not sure it is for me.
If I still worked in TV news I would be quitting the minute I gave birth but in my current job there isn't the stress, hours or unflexibility that news carries.
So..I'm taking my 12-weeks maternity leave, putting Shelby into daycare come March, putting my heels back on and reporting into work.
Judge me if you want, I don't really care.
This is something Brad and I talked about way long ago before we ever even talked about getting married.
He knew my stance and he's supportive.
Plus, it is giong to allow us extra money to be able to provide for Shelby and help me keep my sanity.
So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.