Today, you can find me over at Julia’s blog, My Life in Transition. I’m posted as part of her Moms Make It Work series, talking all about motherhood and working from home. Here’s a little snippet:
-What are the best parts of your situation? What are the biggest challenges?
The best part of my situation is being able to be home with Avery everyday. Making her breakfast in the morning. Snuggling on the couch watching a show as she drinks her milk. Going to library time or gymnastics or to playdates. Rocking her before she goes down for her nap and reading books. Hearing mama on the monitor when she wakes up. The list goes on and on. Little things that may seem mundane but are the highlights of my day. There is no better sidekick to have day in and out.
The biggest challenge is finding a balance. Most days I don’t have any down time. I try to keep the mini entertained, answering work emails here and there, attempting to keep the house clean and hoping I can have dinner made before hubs walks through the door. Which honestly is only accomplished half of the week. I’m sure most moms are thinking “story of my life” right now, whether your a SAHM or a working mom. Even though I do get a 1-2 hour nap break each day, I work during that time. After hubs walks through the door, I go straight to my office and work for another hour while he does bath and bed. It’s exhausting most days. But it is also my choice. I do have little rules in place to help keep things balanced. I make sure to wake up early in the morning for some me time. I also stop work at 8pm. No exceptions.
In the past I used to stay up until midnight each night working and get up at 6 to get started the next day. I quickly realized that wasn’t good for me or my marriage. I realized I needed to cut back on my orders and the time I spend blogging. Family is the most important thing, I don’t want to look back and realize I didn’t enjoy those early years because I was too busy trying to do it all.