Throughout my pregnancy and for the first 5 months of my daughter’s life I was finishing my master’s degree and working part-time at the university. Looking back now, I have no idea how I did it. Once I finished graduate school I passed on a full time position in order to work from home and keep my daughter with me. I work as a grant writer for non-profits and am currently working for a particularly amazing organization with a great cause. I am fulfilled doing this work and love interacting with real people adults in the workforce (even if it is by phone and email). I also feel fulfilled teaching my baby how to clap her hands and drink from a straw. They both have their ups and downs but I swear I can’t choose one over the other. I’ve tried. I guess you could say I have it all, if all means no sleep and no showers and no Bravo TV.
I had grand ideas of having my own office and scheduling specific “working hours” so that I could get things done but then of course I woke up and smelled the baby vomit. The thing is, babies don’t let you have schedules (except for their own) so working hours were a joke and my office actually turned out to be my lap, Starbucks if I was lucky.
I was a baby worker by day and a work worker by night and a never-sleeper. I am technically a work at home mom but I have yet to figure out how to work and mom simultaneously. I could use some help here seasoned moms so by all means PLEASE impart your wisdom. How do you set aside time for work? How do you focus on your work when there are children running circles around you or in my case a baby crawling at my feet? Am I crazy for not having some sort of partial childcare set up so I can get work done?
I don’t know how long this WAHM thing will be sustainable but for now I am just joining the forces of all mothers everywhere and trying to keep it together day by day. I honestly never knew how stressful being a mom would be. (Cue eye roll from all veteran moms). I mean you hear it from your own mother and you hear it from TV mothers but you just have no idea until it happens to you.
Bryn Huntpalmer is a contract grant writer, aspiring author, and mother to a 9 month old baby girl. She and her husband recently sold most of their belongings to travel the U.S. in an RV while working from the road. When she isn’t busy with work or chasing her newly crawling baby around their rig, she blogs at Away at Home Mom or tweets as @awayathomemom