Hi all, A little background. My DD is 3 and I am pregnant with #2. I'm a qualified nurse and have been for 7 years now. Initially when DD was born I went back to work part time, but then for money reasons I had to go back full time. While I hated putting her in nursery so often, and feeling I was missing out I made myself feel better that if I didn't we wouldn't have a roof over our heads etc. DH was at university (after being made redundant) so I got on with it, and got used to it. Eventually I got myself a promotion as a specialist nurse, and my hours although full time still were a more stable mon-fri 8:30-16:30 rather than shift work, with weekends and holidays inc. DH finished uni and has got himself a decent job now I am pregnant again I could work part time again, after mat leave, though Working Tax credits wise there's not much in it between not working at all and being part time. With my part time wages and his full time we still earn too much to be entitled to any help. Basically i'd be working to pay for the nursery fees. The only benefit is that I keep my registration. I can re-train if I do not re new my registration after 2yrs so it's not all completely wasted. It will be an 18 month return to practice course. I just wonder how any other mummies who were in good jobs/ careers felt when they chose to give it all up? does a little bit yearn for work again? Or did you quit and never look back?