I've always wanted to be a stay at home mom. I probably have a dreamy idea of it including big breakfasts, projects, and play dates. I wanted to be with my babies during the day, not have to worry about childcare, and take care of my home.
I also liked working. I had a successful career. I traveled to exotic locations for work and even got to bring my husband along at times. Every woman wants something different. Some women have to work, some love working, some don't.
When we decided to have a baby, we had to accept the fact that I would be a working mom (for the purpose of this post I mean a 'work outside the home mom'). We worked on finding a childcare provider during maternity leave and I felt comfortable with an amazingly kind woman watching our baby boy. That first day back to work was hard, really hard. It was also slightly exciting. I felt like a new person. I was now a pumping, working mother. I had new cute little pictures all over my desk of my precious baby. I was adapting well, having sad days, and happy days.
After two job changes and multiple issues, one thing that sticks in my mind is how much a new working mom wants to be understood and wants to know that her sacrifices and successes are being noticed. I scoured blogs just trying to find someone who felt what I did. I wanted to know that I wasn't alone.
Being a working mom has major challenges and major perks. I understand both. There are so many emotions running through our minds and bodies that even after years it's hard to straighten them all out. There were many times I had to message another working mom "I'm having a hard working mom day". I've also received those messages. Feel free to send one my way as well. I'm here for you! I have a passion to support moms who have to or want to make this choice. I can't wait to write more about being a working mom. For now know that you are loved, supported, and admired.