I've had a few people surprised to hear that I work, but really, don't be shocked. I don't work a lot. I'm a cashier at Bed, Bath, and Beyond where I close (5-10 pm) once a week (sometimes two nights, but that's unusual) and then work a Saturday shift, 5 or 8 hours. I took a job because we truly love being home-owners, but owning a home turned out to have a few more costs than we were anticipating! We worked my schedule out so we could minimize the time the boys had to be watched by someone else, so they currently hang out at a friend's house for an hour on those evenings I work before Joe comes to get them - not so shabby! I was really worried when I started working about how much I would miss the boys, but it's actually been a really good thing, I think. The nights I don't work it's like "this is great, I don't have to work tonight!" and the nights I DO work it's like "this is great, I'm off the hook with the boys tonight!" I think it's also been good for Joe to get more one-on-one time with the boys, and they have gotten a lot closer to him the past few months. Maybe he has also gained a little more respect for what goes on at home, not that he wasn't respectful before... it's just different to be in the driver's seat!
Joe and I have been laughing a lot lately because of the number of questions and raised eyebrows we get about expecting another baby so soon. Haha, maybe if we lived in Utah it wouldn't be so suspicious! But there's a lot of "sooooooo, were you planning that?" and "was it a surprise? *cough*accident*cough*?" Without venturing into TMI territory ("when two people really love each other...") I think I can disclose that it wasn't an accident, but it WAS a surprise. I'm not sure that many people plan to have kids 13 months apart, or to have them thisclose to Christmas... although that's almost exactly the situation with my older sister and I (she's 14 months older and I was born in December). I wonder how many raised eyebrows my mom got, huh? But really, we're happily married, we've already got a few kids under our belts, we figured things would happen when they happened and we would be OK with that - and we ARE! - it just happened faster than we anticipated. Our happy surprise! That wasn't TMI, was it? If so, sorry!