One of my dearest friends, Holly, is about to embark on the role of a lifetime - motherhood. I am so excited for her. It’s been a blast planning her baby shower and answering the only-another-working-mom-would-know sort of questions. Like is that $300 pump really worth it? YES!
Holly has already decided that she will be returning to work. Just like most of us, the choice was already made for Holly. She simply cannot afford to not work full-time. I remember feeling the same way when pregnant with my son - wishing that I had the option of not having to work.
I want so much to share not so much my wisdom but my experiences with Holly about juggling motherhood and career. I’ve made a little list for her:
Find a nanny or daycare you love.
It’s ok to order takeout every night of the week if that’s what it takes.
Find time for yourself every day - even if it 15 minutes locked in the bathroom.
Ask for help.
Feeling guilty is normal. Just don’t let it eat you alive.
As Holly approaches her due date, I wish I had more advice to share. I think of myself as a successful working mother. Yes, there are times when I feel like it’s all going to fall apart. But most days are balanced enough for me. It’s never perfect. It’s never easy. But it sure is fulfilling to be a mother and have a successful career.
Do you have any advice you can share?