It's working for Lori Popkewitz Alper, Founder of Groovy Green Livin
"After our son was born I decided to work but in a different capacity. I started my own business, Groovy Green Livin, and let my office know this change as soon as I had made a firm decision."
Enjoy every moment during your pregnancy and try not to worry about what comes next.
My first child was adopted so I was trying desperately to live in the moment and not focus too much on what would happen next. When our son was born, I had every intention of heading back to work in the law firm full time. I was very open with my office and let them in on my plan. As we all know, things can change. After our son was born I decided to work but in a different capacity. I started my own business, Groovy Green Livin, and let my office know this change as soon as I had made a firm decision.
While my children were breastfeeding I was home with them. When I ultimately went back to work all of my children were no longer breastfeeding and I was working from home. I did have to pump on occasion and there was always a sufficient space to do so. Had I remained a partner in my law firm I would have closed my door to pump throughout the day and I don’t think that would have been an issue.
Once my son was born it was my intention to take 3-4 months with him. I ended up not going back to the office and starting a business (Groovy Green Livin) working out of my home.
When I went back to work, childcare was always an issue. It was challenging to get things accomplished with my children at home, yet I wanted to spend time with them. Ultimately we found a balance with an in-home daycare center. This worked very well for our family.
Immediately! Well, I’m not sure I can use “normal” any longer. With children, nothing is normal.
The guilt. When I have deadlines that I need to meet I do my best to accomplish them during the school day so that it doesn’t impact my family time. I still struggle with balancing this.
My husband was and always will be my biggest source of support. My biggest pregnancy indulgence was definitely getting a massage once in awhile (highly recommend this!).
As a working parent, I never expected balancing my work time with my family time would be so hard and saying no when I’m overbooked would be so much easier!
As a working parent, a bad day is when I’m spending too much time on my laptop and a good day is when we eat dinner together as a family.