While it has been a magical few weeks being a stay-at-home mum, I have my feet planted firmly on the ground with the realization that my return to work is quickly approaching. Much too quickly, might I add. I wish I could say I've taken this whole time to rest, recover, and lay happily in bed snuggling my newborn. However, my role as mother, and the boundless love that comes with it, stretches to more than just one precious little girl - two of them, to be exact!
This bittersweet, slightly painful, slightly freeing time is something I've experienced before. With Sofia, I threw myself into the abyss of seemingly endless 40+ hour work weeks. I fought for months to keep up with the demands of breastfeeding and my diminishing supply through broken breast pumps, no privacy, feeling bad about taking breaks and more. Those are memories I don't particularly enjoy revisiting, however, they have taught and prepared me with beaming confidence to tackle the work transition with Alba.
Over my last weeks at home, I will be sharing some things I learned along the way in an effort to help or encourage anyone struggling with some of the same challenges I faced going back into the workplace. While there are some days I wish I could have the full-time job of raising these girls at home and photographing for a living, I am grateful for the opportunity to work, even in administration, while so many in our country are without jobs. I've made quite a few friends at my job - the best of friends, actually. I met my husband there! I betcha didn't know that! ;) When I really look at it, these girls wouldn't be here if it wasn't for having this job, and this is the path I have been given.
"Bloom where you are planted."
My favorite reminder of them all.