June 1, 2008
I’m due in four weeks. And while I’ve had nine months to prepare, I’m finding the pending transformation from career girl to mother a bit overwhelming. During my 10 years in the agency world, my clients have been my focus, and the hours have often been long. As I prepare to give birth, I’m realizing that I’ll have a new client at home who will likely demand many more hours than any agency client project could.
So as I embark on this new adventure, I decided to take the same approach as I do with new work projects – do a little research and develop a plan. Sound crazy? Maybe, but I was convinced it would help me feel more prepared.
I started by going to BabyCenter, iVillage and Pampers. They have great weekly newsletters that tell you what you should be experiencing during pregnancy, but they weren’t helping me figure out how I was going to approach life after the birth. So I did some more digging on the blogosphere, and found a raging online debate between working and stay-at-home moms. Since our family doesn’t have a choice, I guess I’m in the camp of working mothers.
At first, it was hard to find a good blog written by working mothers. I guess everyone is too busy. But luckily, I finally landed on the Working Mom’s Blog, which is written by a group of women about a variety of topics from returning to work to new convenience foods for kids. The site also lists additional blogs that are certain to be useful in the future like The Juggle written by Wall Street Journal reporters. Jackpot!
I spent several evenings looking at these sites convinced I’d find what I needed to create a solid plan of action for my return from maternity leave. And I guess I did. As I read the different postings, I realized everyone has a different approach to being a working mom. What worked for one was bashed by another. I should have known. While my research didn’t produce a timeline and step-by-step process to follow, I do now have a new plan of action. It’s simple: Enjoy this new adventure and figure it out as you go along. I hope my new little bundle is up for the ride!