I went back to work full-time just three months after having my first child. Though I knew I’d be losing a significant chunk of my salary to daycare costs, plus a bit more to commuting expenses, the numbers painted a pretty clear picture: Going back to work was the right move financially.
However, the decision was much trickier from a logistical perspective. Since my husband and I each had a fairly long commute, we knew we’d have to tweak our schedules to allow for timely daycare pickups and drop-offs. We simply weren’t comfortable hiring a nanny, and the cost would’ve been prohibitive. Plus, from an emotional standpoint, the idea of leaving my baby behind for the day wreaked havoc on my brain, so much so that I often found myself tearing up the moment I boarded that bus to the city.