I'm not only new to the world of the blog - I'm also a 40+ year old first time mom - 40 days in and the amazing thing that happened today is my son did not cry during his full sink bath. I didn't cry either. It was even exciting that he peepeed in the water. It is the little things that make your day worth all the tears for the days that you still don't think you are doing it right.
The reason for the title for my first entry: Just read the umpteenth article where the primary or only suggestion to working parents (it was an article for working dads) to be able to spend more time with your children (or wife and child if your parental leave was coming to an end) was to request to work flex time or work from home. Do any of these magazines and other pregnancy and parenting guides/articles out there realize that a lot of us don't work in a corporate cubicle on a computer? I can think of plenty of jobs that both women and men do that don't involve straight 8-5 hours, requires you to be physically present to do it, and in a place where you can't bring your child to work. The last one comes to mind when I read things like - if there isn't one currently in your work place get together with other parents and see if your company will start one (allowing child to come to your office, creating an on site day care, or a place to pump breastmilk, etc.). It's not that the company is anti - child or parent - but the work is at odd times of the day, involves a mobile worksite or can be dangerous to name a few.