Since becoming a mother some years ago: First I stayed home for six months, then I worked part-time, then I stayed home and worked part-time in different sequences, eventually having my second and then third child. Then I worked full-time for three years, had yet another baby, worked part-time for seven years and since then have worked full-time for the last nine years. I've done it all with one to four to one kids in the house depending on which year on that timeline you select.
In the early 90's it wasn't cool to be a 'Stay at Home Mom' (SAHM). My intelligent salutatorian self told me it was the exact right place to be (or at least I imagine that now) but as they say, society didn't value the idea. I found a magazine called Welcome Home that I clung to, and then found a national group called Hearts at Home which I considered my professional annual conference for a good ten years, getting involved to support their cause..
Now I am old(er) and I miss those days. I'm not career-oriented like I 'should' be. I try to wear both hats, but I like sipping my coffee while the laundry spins and I have a new book next to me to read.