It's Working Project

Live in the moment, enjoy it, because it all flashes by so quickly.

What is one piece of advice you wish you could offer your former expectant self?

The once piece of advice I could’ve told myself is to live in the moment, enjoy it, because it all flashes by so quickly. I was so stressed having my first child, especially when it came to nursing, and knowing whether or not I was doing it correctly. Through it all, I was too worried, and I wasn’t enjoying being a new mom because I was just too tired and stressed. I recently passed this advice on to a close friend who just had a baby. Now, when I see her and her newborn, I completely notice the difference.

What was your primary motivation for deciding to return (or not) to work? How early did you tell your employer?

For me, I owned my own business so returning to work was a given. I actually ended up telling my employees the minute I found out. We were only a group of five people in a small office, so it was bound to get out.

How much leave did you take, and how comfortable were you taking it?

I had planned on taking three months maternity leave, and then I was going to come back to my business part time, but in the final months of pregnancy I completely freaked. The idea of being a new mom and a business owner completely overwhelmed me, so I decided to sell my company. I offered it to an employee who I knew could carry on the legacy, and she accepted. The sale was finalized the week after I gave birth. I am happy to say she still owns the business, and it’s still thriving after all these years.

Fill in the blanks: As a working parent, I never expected ____ would be so hard and ____ would be so much easier!

I never expected that balancing my work schedule and the kids’ busy schedules would be so hard. In retrospect, nursing was so much easier!