Mom to August and Marigold
Length of Maternity Leave: 3-months
Childcare: Husband, Daycare and Nanny
What did you struggle with most about returning to work after having your kids?
First time around I was working a very stressful job with a long commute and finding time to pump was very challenging, and couldn’t be done without feeling incredibly judged by colleagues. Second time around baby didn’t take the bottle until now at 5 months, but stay at home Dad is scared to/refuses watch them both at the same time.
What do you find difficult about being a working parent?
Finding time for myself - exercise, blow dry my hair, and of course forget about time alone for anything!
What do you enjoy about being a working parent?
I love my job! And I love being able to set an example for my kids.
After being back at work for some time, have your views about career and family changed?
So much of your success at being a good working mom depends on the support, understanding, and flexibility of your employer.
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?
You don’t always have to be perfect about everything. In fact, you can’t!
What did you choose for childcare, and how has it been for your family?
Stay at home dad, nanny, and daycare!
-Stressful for my husband, can be distracting having my nanny with the baby at work (so I can breastfeed her) but pumping is even more distracting on the days she is not there.
So lucky to have an extremely generous and understanding boss who pays for a nanny to watch my baby girl while I work so I can breastfeed!