Mom to Micah
Associate Business Analyst
Length of maternity leave: 12-weeks
Childcare: In-home daycare
What did you struggle with most about returning to work after having your kids?
I felt supported by my direct leader but I was also in a complete fog. A ton of my responsibilities were given to other team members while I was away so I had to figure out where I fit in. It was like being a brand new team member.
What do you find difficult about being a working parent?
The hardest part of being a working parent is balance. I am a single mom with no support from friends or family so I am exhausted all the time.
What do you enjoy about being a working parent?
My time at work is the only "me" time that I have on any given day, so although it's work I enjoy it. Before and after, it's all about baby.
After being back at work for some time, have your views about career and family changed?
Growing up, my mom was a SAHM. I always said that I would never do it but, now that I am a mom, I wish that I was able to.
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 would make sure that I got Micah on a schedule EARLY. It would have given me some relief so I could function like an adult at work.
What did you choose for childcare, and how has it been for your family?
Pros: 1:1 care and support for my little guy. They love him and care for him like he's theirs.
Cons: HE'S SICK ALL OF THE TIME and when the daycare director got married they shut down daycare for a week and a half... very inconvenient.