It's working for Denise Albert
“I never stopped working. I was working on the way into the delivery room and back at meetings days later. I wouldn't suggest that either … but it was my choice.”
Enjoy it. I didn’t and wish I did.
I was showing right away, so I had to tell pretty early on. I’m also not a super private person so I probably wouldn’t have kept it a secret either. I would say I was about 12 weeks both times.
I took 3 months off with my first and went back to work and realized pretty quickly it wasn’t the right job for me as a new mom. I wanted to continue my career, but the hours were too demanding and left me with many days without seeing my son. I was working in network news and knew I had to make a change to be able to be the kind of mom I wanted to be and to continue in my career. So I did. I was fortunate to be offered an incredible opportunity to work for David Blaine–running his company and producing his tv shows. It was a much more flexible schedule with periods of travel and intense work, but it was all worth it and it was the perfect fit for me at the time. I had my 2nd son while working there and didn’t take any time off because we were in the middle of a major production. I never stopped working. I was working on the way into the delivery room and back at meetings days later. I wouldn’t suggest that either :). But it was my choice. I was running a project and didn’t want to not be a part of it.
Fries and ice cream with toppings. Not much has changed.
As a working parent, I never expected who I would be as a mother. It never crossed my mind before. And every day I get to decide that.