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Suddenly, this blog fell off my priority list. In the fall, my husband returned to school while still working full time. Our son turned two and continues to demand time and attention.
My business is thriving despite the pandemic, and I’m busier than ever.
But we also embarked on a new endeavor. We’re expecting our second child, which has of course taken tons of energy and made getting it all done even harder.
Most days with being early pregnant while chasing a toddler and running a business, I feel like I get the bare minimum done.
The only way I had the time and energy to get out my maternity clothes from storage was the added time of the long Thanksgiving weekend.
I’ve learned a lot in my three and a half months of pregnancy while working from home with a toddler. Here’s a look and how you can apply it to your work-at-home life too.
You can push through when it feels like you’ve got nothing left
Amid my husband starting school and deciding to expand our family, I got a great opportunity. I knew it would stretch me during these early days of pregnancy. But it was so great an opportunity I couldn’t turn it down.
So I learned that even when I’m exhausted, I can keep pushing through. After my son goes to bed, I’ve been completely focused on this project.
Thankfully, it’s coming to a close and I’ll be able to relax a bit more and rest my mind in the evenings. I’m glad I didn’t shy away from it even though it has certainly stretched what I thought was possible.
As a freelancing mom, constant re-evaluation is important
Since the pandemic put a halt to our busy activity schedule, I was able to take on new clients. But now things have changed, and my time is stretched again.
So I have to find ways to cut back or re-evaluate accounts that aren’t the best fit. It’s challenging and I hate telling clients no. But it’s become essential and will become more important as we approach the arrival date of our little one.
My goal for the new year has been to only take on new projects that are an excellent fit for me and my family. This means limiting the time spent on phone calls because, in just a few short months, we’ll have a noisy baby in the house again.
And my toddler will be dealing with an adjustment and need his mom in a new way. So this year is the year of cutting back and doing only what matters most.
Those things that seemed so important suddenly aren’t
Case in point, this blog. As much as I love fostering community with other moms, it just couldn’t be a priority on the days when I was sick and exhausted.
We’ve cut out areas of our life that weren’t essential during those first trimester days. And when the time comes, we can add them back as energy returns and I feel better.
For now, the important thing is taking care of my toddler and growing a healthy baby. Of course, we have to pay the mortgage so work doesn’t disappear, but I can’t function with the same go-getter spirit as I had before pregnancy.
Thanks for continuing to follow and share your thoughts on work-at-home motherhood. I love hearing other moms’ perspectives and sharing in this experience. Raising young children is lots of work no matter whether you work in the home, outside the home or as a stay-at-home mom. It’s all challenging and we all need support.
Published at Tue, 12 Jan 2021 17:28:48 +0000