Monday, March 12, 2007

Mommy vs. Career Woman – Can I Have it All?

After working my butt off (literally) for the past seven weeks to get in shape, not only has my thinking towards my physical health changed, but the way I view my emotional health has changed as well.

The day Max was born, I couldn’t imagine ever being away from him, not even for one minute. Now that he is 10 months old, I am definitely more comfortable being away from him for a few hours. In fact, I would leave him for longer, except for the fact that I am breastfeeding so that makes it difficult. But the thought of putting him in daycare when I go back to work makes me sick to my stomach.

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3 comments:

  1. Just be grateful that you have a YEAR off! I only get 3 months and that's not even paid - I have to do short term disability, which I pay for each month, and it only pays me 60% of my salary for 3 months. I know that going back to work is going to be so emotionally difficult, but I have no choice! :(

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  2. Anonymous5:56 p.m.

    You're a good mom and a good person not matter what you decide. And Max will always love the mostest ferever anever.

    AV

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  3. Anonymous9:37 p.m.

    Wow, Kat - don't know what to say. Could have written that post myself, honestly. You're SO not alone in all the emotions you're feeling - I feel exactly the same way, and I'm sure other new moms do too.

    So, I'll say three things:

    (1) Through your health journey, you've realized that putting you first makes you a better mom and wife - so you'll find the time to do this, I'm sure.

    (2) These early months, years for our babies are soooo precious. It's important to enjoy them before our little one's become independent. If you make the choice to stay home, know that your career will always be waiting. And this is coming from me, a VERY career-driven Type-A kinda gal who was interested in nothing but climbing the ladder before my baby came along!

    (3) Let's hope that we both win big lotteries so that we can have the best of both worlds.:-)

    Holly

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