I Love Being a Working Mom!

by Annie on May 9, 2012 · 2 comments

in Working mom

While other moms complain about missing their baby, I thought something is wrong because I do not have the urge to cry when I first returned to work from maternity leave. Instead, I feel a sense of relief to be at work every Monday morning. I love being a working mom.

Work is my mini vacation from home

Though I love my toddler, work is my mini vacation every week. As a working mom, I can actually take my full lunch hour talking to other adults and taking time to actually eat my food at a normal pace. I don’t have to wolf down lunch while trying to spoon baby food in between bites of table food. At the end of my lunch, I do not have to be on my hands and knees cleaning the floor like I do at home.

My day can start leisurely while I sip coffee and check email in the morning instead staring at the empty refrigerator with a toddler Velcro to my leg before my first cup of coffee. All mothers should have a pause button that tells their children to freeze until they have their first cup of coffee. It is just not right that children have all the energy in the morning when mom is the one who needs it the most. Staying at home to care for babies and toddlers is hard work.

Is there something unnatural about wanting to work?

Some working moms wishing they can afford to work part-time or to stop working altogether so they can spend more time with their children. While I agree that the infant years pass by really fast, but you lose your sanity even faster. Not every mom wants to be a stay at home mom full time. I certainly would not want to.

However, I love the fact that I reduced my work hours (yes, I work “part time”) so that I have 3 entire days a week with my toddler. My husband and I adjusted our work schedule so the toddler only has to spend 8 hours or less in daycare each day.

My child is thriving even though I am not spending every one of her waking hours with her. And I am thriving as a new mom because I do not have to spend every one of my waking hours being a mom. Being a working mom gives me the much needed distance to enjoy this special and unique relationship I have with my daughter when I am home. It also helps that her face still lights up when she sees me at pickup.

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PS. While technically I am paid to work 4 days a week, but my workload is not part time.

Photo by: Jerry Bunkers.

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Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy June 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Yes, I get this! I worked from home after I had my first child and it was a disaster. I ended up quitting and staying home full-time for 18 months.

I went back to work at my old office after my second baby was born. I did it for the money, but was surprised at how good for me it was in so many other ways! I only worked 15-20 hours a week (and have ever since) but it was great for my sanity (and it was pretty good for our bank account, too).

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Annie June 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Anne,

That’s it! It’s nice to be able to have some grown-up time away from the home. I know for a fact there’s no way I can work from home. There’re just too many chores to do at home and when I’m home all day I’ll feel guilty for not doing them even though technically I would be working. Thanks for the comment!

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