I have been a businesswoman for about 3 years now and a mom for a year of that and I have to say, it feels like I have been running a never ending marathon in the last year. I love my baby and I love my job...growing a vision you believe in and are passionate about is very fulfilling professionally. I was fortunate enough to be in a business that allowed me to work from home during my final trimester of pregnancy and the first couple of months after my son was born. The beauty of what I do is that as long as I have my laptop and an internet connection, I can work from anywhere. The first three months I was completely off work…I didn’t have the energy for it anyway. I took the time to bond with my little bundle of joy and rest.
The working Moms are heroes in their own right!
After the three months, I knew it was time to get back to work but my son was so small and I couldn’t bear to leave him so I worked mostly from home unless I really needed to go for a meeting. I would get up and get some work done while my little one was sleeping, spend some time with him when he woke up, get more work done during his day-time naps and still get some housework done as well. I felt like superwoman but was so exhausted at the end of the day I felt like I was 100 years old (or at least that’s what I imagined it feels like). The hardest part of all was that I wasn’t getting a continuous full night’s sleep. My baby would wake up almost at the top of every hour and sometimes he would not go back to sleep. At most I think I used to get about four hours of sleep split into one hour each with about 20mins breaks awake in between to feed my little one. I used to wake up so exhausted, I felt like I wasn’t sleeping at all.
We have come a long way since! Now my little man is a year and 3 months old and we get reasonable hours of sleep which has been very valuable because I am a very hands-on person especially with my business. I am back to work full-time and quite pressed for time. It never quite feels like I am getting enough time to balance motherhood, business and my other relationships but I suppose that is the sacrifice you have to make. Being a single mom, I find that providing a better life for my child is a very powerful motivator. I have always been driven to accomplish my goals and create something that is bigger than myself but being a mother has added some fuel to that drive. I cannot afford to fail; failure really is not an option.
I have great respect for moms because it is a great responsibility to care for a child and more so to be the center of their universe. I have even greater respect for the working moms, they work hard while carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders but they do not complain or give up…they soldier on. It is very hard to leave your little one every morning and it is very exhausting to work and care for a very young baby but they do it every day. The working mom are heroes in their own rights! Big up to every mom working hard or studying hard to build a better life for them and their family, you are strong and amazing human beings…my hat goes off for you.