The Challenges of Being a Working Mama

Posted 11-25-2010 at 09:00 AM by brewanothercup

Being a teacher, we timed our pregnancy so that our son was born in May and I could take off the rest of the school year. My maternity leave led into my summer, and when everything was said and done, I’d been at home for fourteen weeks with him – all while paid. I realize what a luxury this is.

Now that I’m back to work and into the swing of things, I’m cutting corners. I’m exhausted (I always tell everyone that work makes me exhausted, not the baby!) and the house is a mess.  Frankly, there’s just a lot to do and not enough hours in the day to do it.  A friend advised me that ten years from now I won’t be upset that my house was messy if it meant that I got to spend all the quality time I could with my son, and I’m really trying to take that to heart.  It’s hard when you can’t find anything because it’s in a pile of junk who knows where.

I’ve found a few shortcuts, though, to make life a bit easier. I shower at night when the baby is asleep.  I wash bottles as soon as I get home and once they’re dry, fill them for the next day and rinse my collection bottles so those too are ready for the next day. I leave a few extra cloth diapers at daycare each day so that it’s never too much of an emergency if we don’t get a full wash ready. We bought even more wetbags so that odds are always good one of them is in decent enough shape to be sent to daycare. I wash diapers as soon as I get home so the covers can dry overnight.  My husband is on baby duty in the morning so I can get dressed as he’s getting baby ready for a big day. And even with all these shortcuts, there are still not enough hours in the day.

I work because mentally and emotionally I know I need to, not because of the money. I know we’ll get over this hurdle, but it seems like just another giant mama leap into the world of being a first time parent.  I can’t wait until we’re past this hump and more transitioned.

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9 Responses to “The Challenges of Being a Working Mama”

  1. melilo on November 28th, 2010 5:34 am

    I totally feel you on this one. It’s difficult to get things done when all you want to do is sleep when you get home. I know that my floors are dirty, the bathroom needs scrubbed, but it will get done when it gets done.

    I do get annoyed about washing bottles and pump parts everyday. I never thought I’d wash so many bottles even while breastfeeding!

    My days will probably get even more full when I go back to school in the spring. But, in the end it’s all worth it.

  2. Noymira on November 28th, 2010 9:15 pm

    I hear you! I always prep the night before, it makes 7:00AM so much easier. After my daughter goes to bed I make lunches, cut up snacks and pack them, then get the diapers and everything ready and I then clean the kitchen. We wash our pockets at night so they can hang dry. I work because I financially have to, but I always wish for more hours each day! It is hard, but so worth it!

  3. brewanothercup on November 29th, 2010 2:15 am

    Clean the kitchen – I think I’ll add that to hubby’s nightly chore list, hehe. I definitely feel a lot more organized now that I’m a working mom…sounds like you are super organized!

  4. brewanothercup on November 29th, 2010 2:16 am

    You are so right – in the end it’s all worth every ounce of effort!

  5. Lanasmom on December 1st, 2010 4:53 pm

    As a teacher too, my routine is very similar but I have a 2.5 year old who isn’t potty trained to get ready too. DH drops the kids at daycare and usually cooks. Without that I think I would go insane. Laundry is still not done in a timely manner and forget putting up folded clothes. I work b/c we need the money, sometimes I think if I didn’t life would be saner!

  6. ChicanaCoqueta on December 3rd, 2010 7:31 pm

    More hours in the day would just lead to more stuff to do. I just wish I had more money to hire someone to clean for me LOL

  7. brewanothercup on December 4th, 2010 1:22 pm

    Haha, you’re right…though I’d like to think that more hours would be relaxing, it would just up the things to do (or at least, the feeling like I should make that time productive!).

  8. brewanothercup on December 4th, 2010 1:25 pm

    Eh, I bet in ten years we won’t remember that we didn’t fold laundry while they were babes, hehe.

  9. chindian on December 5th, 2010 9:45 pm

    You’re organized, not short-cutting at all! Short-cutting would imply doing things less thoroughly than you should – sounds like you’re doing a great job!

    Being a working mom is challenging – I only cope because DH does his fair share.

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