It's working for Chris R
"My being a stay at home dad was a practical decision, based on present and future income levels, as well as individual temperament. My wife as a biomedical engineer made more money and has a long-term career path that made working from home far less doable for her. We also agreed I was better suited for many elements of being a stay-at-home parent."
That a good 90% of the things I really worried about were not worth worrying about, particularly in terms of what other people think is important. Also, be proactive in seeking out community before the isolation hits too hard.
My wife breastfed both of our boys, but, especially with our second, did not produce enough breastmilk, so we supplemented and eventually switched to exclusively bottle feeding. One major factor in this was that since I am the primary caregiver we didn’t need to rely on my wife pumping and storing in order for me to nourish the boys.
I was given 2 weeks of paid leave by my employer. It felt like not nearly enough, though I am was grateful for it, as it was far more than they needed to give me legally.
My main concern NOW is that when/if I ever need to return to the traditional workforce, I’ll have a hard time accounting for the gap in my resume.