This last week I started working just a bit again. And even though it was just a couple hours here and there, it came right during another growth spurt for Violet, which meant middle of the night wake up calls every 1.5-2 hours and longer feedings. I soon realized I was a bit nutty for trying to take on so much so soon; a very American thing to do.
I’m lucky in that I work from home and can spend a good amount of time with my daughter even when I do return to working more, but it’s still a juggle which will take time to figure out…and even then with a baby there are always surprises. It is very interesting and helpful to hear the perspectives of other working moms and see how they find balance in their lives with all the different roles they take on, and so I really appreciate this series by Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Jo where she interviews different moms to find out how they juggle work and motherhood. I like that she mentions that we all need to be nonjudgmental to other moms and gentle to ourselves. So true.