I beg you to reconsider.
I'm a preschool teacher. And although it went against my own bottom line, I would urge mothers who called me to enroll not to push their child out of their home until the age of 4 1/2 at the youngest.
A child's physical, emotional and mental development is super-affected by the presence of her mother.
Right now your blood is nourishing her.
After she is born, her vitality will still be dependent on your physical nearness.
Her mental growth is enhanced by oxytocin, the hormone present when we feel safe, relaxed, warm and well-fed. And it is hindered by stress hormones - caused by chill, hunger, and tension - which is created when a baby is not in the same room with her mother.
I realize this is an unpopular position, but it is VERY factual and very real.
Your decisions will affect her entire life - 80 years. Isn't that worth reorganizing your life for the next 5 years ?!
at 2:38 PM on Jan. 21, 2011