Mom to Kaysen
Pharmaceutical Technical Writer
Length of maternity leave: 13-weeks
What did you struggle with most about returning to work after having your kids?
Returning to work was so daunting the last few weeks of maternity leave. Once I returned, I found myself looking at photos and videos of my son all day the first week.
What do you find difficult about being a working parent?
The biggest challenge of being a working mom is spending more time at work than with my baby. Mom guilt can be overwhelming. Being mom is the most important job I have and I still can give my all and be a working mom.
What do you enjoy about being a working parent?
I love that my son will see how hard his mom works for him. I also enjoy sharing his photos and videos with my coworkers.
After being back at work for some time, have your views about career and family changed?
Family has become so much more important now that I’ve returned to work. I savor every moment I have with Kaysen when I get home, good and bad. My passion and drive for rising up the corporate ladder has died a bit but I still desire to be successful and show my son that hard work pays off!
Knowing what you know now, what’s one thing you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself as you were preparing to return to work or getting ramped up in your role?
I don’t think there is anyway I could have prepared more for returning to work. It’s a huge hurdle that is only getting better with time. There are days I still just want to stay at home and soak up all the snuggles. Sharing my feelings with other moms experiencing the same things has truly helped me. Working moms unite!
What did you choose for childcare, and how has it been for your family?
I’ve been so blessed that my in laws watch my son. Daycare will come in the future.
The biggest pro is that I don’t have to worry about his care. He’s in great hands.
The con is that at some point, we will have to put Kaysen in daycare.