The idea of starting a family was so exciting for me, but I was already stressing about being a new mom that the constant thoughts of how this would affect my career trajectory in engineering was daunting.
Would I be passed up for a raise this year since I plan on taking time off? Would I fall behind learning a new design software system we are using? Would clients stop calling because they think I am preoccupied or unreliable?
These are only a small sample of challenges that were to come and, as I would learn, were completely out of my control.