The first few months of motherhood are especially challenging. Sleep deprivation and trying to translate baby’s cries while somehow getting everything else done is not easy.
Surviving early parenthood requires much support from family and friends, especially at the end of the day when both baby and mom are ready to have a melt down.
With my first son, I had two months of maternity leave before returning to work, full-time. Every morning, I would shower and get myself ready, eat breakfast, wake up the baby to feed and dress him, pack my lunch, grab the breast pump (in its convenient backpack) and change the baby’s diaper once again before heading out the door for work. By noon, I had already fed the baby three times, pumped twice and daydreamed about finally hitting the pillow at the end of the night.
Working from home brings on a set of entirely different challenges. While I don’t have to shower or put make-up on for this job, it does require quiet time when I can sit and write without interruption. We all know how that goes with an infant to tend to.
I was asked, recently, to share some advice for working moms in regards to returning to work after having a baby. I laughed at that request, since I could certainly use some tips myself on balancing a work-at-home career while taking care of a baby.
If you have any tips or suggestions, please share them!
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