1. We had a serious talk early on about how we envisioned our future as a family: how we would bring in the bucks; how we'd handle child care; how we'd maintain career satisfaction; etc.
2. We clarified our career goals, and mapped out the steps necessary to achieve them.
3. We allowed room for compromise, and contingency plans.
5. We worked our asses off.
BONUS: We also worked really hard to keep our relationship a higher priority than our careers. This was hard, but even just making the effort helped. How Drinking Saved Our Marriage
Now we're just waiting for the whole babymaking thing to work, at which point we'll undoubtedly make even more adjustments to both our schedules and our careers. In the meantime, for all those mothers who openly laugh at me when when I tell them I plan on being a WAHM:
Yeah. Point taken.