When I was expecting this last baby, clients were always asking me how much time was I taking off after the baby… and I thought you know I am an entrepreneur right? Who else is going to run momstown Central Alberta if I take a leave? I chose this career, this amazing organization so I could work from home. Whether my home has 4 kids in school or 3 kids in Diapers.
I took 2 weeks off total after Caitlin was born. The month prior, I slowed down out of necessity, doing more of the office work than event work, as I was getting to be too big to move!!
I took over momstown Central Alberta when I was 8 months pregnant with my third daughter. I was told how crazy I was for that. And you are right, It was crazy! Going from 2 – 3 kids and throw a brand new business into the mix, wow! But we survived. I learned a lot, and now I feel like DD3 is growing with momstown Central Alberta.
Adding Caitlin to the mix has made things SO MUCH busier, but I wouldn’t change it.
My biggest piece of advice? CHILD CARE!
Working from home means I get to set my own hours, and I get to work at home, but it also means I need to be productive. Before our niece arrived to be our live-in caregiver, time when the girls were awake was not productive work time for me. Every three minutes I was interrupted for a snack, a new cup of juice, a dirty diaper…
Now? I can work at home while the girls are playing with Melanie in the basement, and yes I can hear their giggles and I can spy on them when ever I want… but I also can work. Work doesn’t take me as long to complete when I am not being interrupted. Now I know when Caitlin naps, the girls go down stairs, and I should get close to 2 hours worth of work done! Then I get baby and little girl snuggles through out the day, and sometimes I work all day and those times happen at night, same as other ‘regular’ working moms.
I had 2 traditional maternity leaves, where all I did was parent, and now I have had 2 babies with a growing business to look after. All have been special, but I love having the ability to be at home and a working mom at the same time.
For me, it truly is the best of both worlds!