A reader asked me to provide an update on working motherhood now that I have been back to work full time for more than six months… Can you believe it has been that long? Check out my post from when I first went back.
I am blessed to work at a company that supports me as a mother. Lovell has been amazing – from flexibility with my schedule and the confines of Elias’s day care schedule/requirements, to respecting my decision to breastfeed Elias and letting me shut my office door and pump several times a day (I don’t miss pumping anymore!), to simply loving on me and my family. That has made a huge difference. I have heard horror stories from other moms who didn’t work in such a loving environment. I can’t imagine.
Balancing working and motherhood hasn’t been as hard as I would have imagined. I think this has a lot to do with:
- Getting to see Elias several times a week in the middle of my day (I go visit him on my lunch break whenever I can)
- Having great relationships with Elias’s caregivers – because of my frequent visits, I have really gotten to know the ladies that love on my son during the day.
- Loving my job.
- Having Matthew’s support in taking care of Elias at night, cooking dinner, etc.
Now, let me be honest. Of course there are times when I wish I was a stay-at-home mom or only worked part time. (ie: this past week when Matthew got to be with Elias all week because day care was closed for spring break. I would have loved being the one at home with him.) But, at the end of the day, I am a mom that needs to work. I love my job, and I believe working makes me a better mom. And I am glad that I know that about myself.
I also really feel that day care has been a positive influence on Elias. I think it has helped him be more social and okay around strangers.
Being away from Elias during the work day also helps me really appreciate all the time we do spend together. There’s nothing like seeing his face light up when he sees me every day at 5:30.