Monday, October 6, 2014

A Balancing Act

Let's be clear:  All mothers are working mothers.  It's just that some of us also have jobs outside of the home.  Earlier this year, I went from being a working mom of one to being a working mom of two.

Baby Sage is three months old now (almost three-and-a-half).  And even though I haven't gone back to work full-time, I pop in the store to work on displays and other things during the week.  Of course, Baby Sage is normally strapped to me in his carrier on those days.  Or AA rocks him and holds him while he sleeps.  (It's a tough job being a grandparent!)

Otherwise, I am working from home a lot, planning in-store events, posting on social media, and updating the Cloud 9 website with new products.  Emma is going to school three days a week now, so I mostly work on those days while Baby Sage sleeps -- also known as, when he is between meals.

Of course, there are many times I don't get anything done and can feel frustrated.  But it is such a blessing to be able to work from home as much as I have and have my sweet baby boy with me that the frustration never lasts very long.

Now that my busiest time of the year is creeping up and we often have multiple shipments arriving daily, I have been going into the store on Sunday afternoons to get some work done.  I try and go during nap time, but some days I wind up being at the store longer than that.  I feel guilty for not being home to spend beautiful Sunday afternoons with my babies.  Although sometimes (when Emma isn't her happiest), I don't mind it as much.

I think it's all about a good balance of work and family time.  That's what I strive for.  And though it's not always easy, I wouldn't have it any other way.

What are some things you do to ensure you get quality family time amidst housework, errands, a career, and all the other things moms have to do?

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