Switching to Preschool

Switching to Preschool

I mentioned in my catch up post last week that we were switching Abbie to a more structured daycare setting, and today’s the day. Today is the day I bring Abbie to a different daycare for the first time in four years. Abbie has been in the same home daycare since the day I went back to work – April 5, 2013. I will never forget the emotions of that first day. Wondering if I had left enough for milk and formula for her to drink. Praying that trusting my gut in picking our daycare was the right decision. So…

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Workplace Happiness as a Working Mom

Workplace Happiness as a Working Mom

Being a working mom is not easy. Between the commute, the planning, and the crazy schedules, it’s a lot to keep up with, and that’s why it’s so important to make sure that work is worth it, and that you’re happy at work. Finding the right fit at work can be hard – making sure the position is right for you, the company aligns with your strength and values, and you get along with your coworkers and managers. That’s where Good&Co comes in. Good&Co is a new platform that helps you discover your unique strengths in the workplace. It then…

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I’m a Better Mom When I Work

I’m a Better Mom When I Work

Working motherhood is not for everyone. It’s a balancing act like no other, a challenge to juggle work, mom stuff, housework, relationships, side hustles, and time for yourself. But as a mom who has been back at work for over five weeks now, I can say without a doubt- being a working mom is the right fit for me.   I have to be honest – maternity leave is really hard on me in so many ways. Being at work is my normal – getting up in the morning, getting ready, working, and coming home. The business? It’s my normal,…

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To My Second Baby on your First Day of Daycare

To My Second Baby on your First Day of Daycare

Today I go back to work. I’m already feeling all the emotions today, no matter how strongly I feel going back to work is the right thing for us. Today is also Ella’s first day of daycare, and if she could understand me, these are the things I’d want her to know.  My sweet Ella –  Today I go back to work. I’ve been preparing for this for weeks, but there’s no real way to prepare you for it. It’s going to be a big change for you, but this is going to be your new normal.  Maternity leave is…

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What You Should Know About Pumping at Work

What You Should Know About Pumping at Work

It’s officially my last week of maternity leave with Ella. I have been so fortunate to be home with her for 15 weeks, but I am ready to head back to work. Since this is my second time going back, I pretty much know what to expect. There’s only one thing I’m nervous about – keeping breastfeeding going. With Abbie, I struggled with my supply while on leave, but my milk supply plummeted when I went back to work and I stopped breastfeeding at 6 months. I’m hoping to make it longer this time. Thankfully this time around I have…

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Summer as a Working Parent

Summer as a Working Parent

When we think of summer, it conjures up images of days at the pool or the beach, fewer schedules, and warm weather. When I was a kid, I actually spent most of my summers holed up in my room with books, but I liked it that way. I took trips to the pool with my best friend, played outside when the heat of the afternoon cooled off, and bought the occasional treat from the ice cream truck. Easy and carefree, like we imagine summer to be. Now that I’m a parent myself, I’m realizing more and more that summers like…

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The Worst Thing You Can Say to a Working Mom

The Worst Thing You Can Say to a Working Mom

“I would never let someone else raise my children.” If you’re a working mom, you’ve probably heard this sentence. Maybe you saw it in a Facebook post. Maybe you overheard someone saying it. Worst of all, maybe someone said it to your face. I’m over two years into working motherhood. I’ve heard and read a lot of things about it – by working moms, by stay at home moms, by non-parents. I’ve heard both great things and awful things. But that sentence? That is one of the worst, and I’m not sure people who say it always understand how hurtful…

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