Life by Cynthia: Working Mom: 1 Year Anniversary

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Working Mom: 1 Year Anniversary

Today is my one year anniversary for returning back to work after having our first baby.  I had three wonderful months as a stay at home mom.  Naturally, it was a transition coming back.  Pumping during my breaks left me longing to hold our baby.  I do not have regrets for reentering the workforce.  I like the feeling that I am contributing to our family's household finances.  Hubby & I both share the responsibilities of work and home life.  Trust me, my husband has changed just as many diapers as I have! He has definitely picked more BOOGERS and sucked up more SNOT (with an aspirator) than I have!  Hubby as Daddy is really cute! I can honestly say that as far as raising our baby, we have been equals (or as equal as we CAN be).  With the exception of breastfeeding, my husband has done as much as I have in relation to child rearing.  I am still one up on him though as far as incubating, body morphing, labor, and delivery! 

As our family's needs change so may my work situation, but for now it is working for us. Ideally, I would love to secure a work from home opportunity.

In the year that I have been back in the workforce I have earned a raise, found an additional source of income via Sponsored blog posts, and have been saving for our future. 

We are blessed that our son is in the loving care of his grandma during the day. Thankfully, I work VERY close to where we live.  That in itself has eased my mind greatly when first leaving our son while I am at the office.  With the support and understanding of my family I was able to return to work with a "NOT Guilty" frame of mind.  It's such a great feeling when I walk through our door to our son's smiling face!  Even greater when daddy walks in and we get our family group hug (kisses)!  I'm only 8 short hours away from that moment!

We shall see what the 2nd year shall bring as a working mommy.  I am hoping to find more time to squeeze (it's a TIGHT squeeze BTW) in more time to write.  Thank you for those who have been following my journey as My Life as Mom!

17 comments:

  1. I think every mom has to do what's best for her family. It sounds like a great situation with Grandma watching him and having him so close to your work.

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  2. @ Grumpy Grateful Mom I agree, it truly depends on what is best for the family. Every family is different. As ours changes, we will definitely adapt to what works best. What works for us now, might not in the future. It may mean me that I could work part time, work from home, or stay at home full time...

    We love and appreciate Grandma for sure!

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  3. Congratulations on finding such a good balance between co parenting, marriage, working, raising a son, blogging, making extra money through sponsors and for having grandma close! I hope your second year goes just as well and that you find some opportunities to work from home!

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  4. Sounds like life is good. You are so lucky to have Grandma available to watch your son. He will have such a special relationship with her as he grows up and your mind is relieved as you work. It's so nice when things work out like that.

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  5. @ Tracy Balderach Thank you. I'd love to find an opportunity that would allow me to work from home, especially so when we have a second child :) With one child, according to Baby Center's Cost Calculator for Raising a Child from birth to age 18 is upwards of $350K! I'm not sure how accurate that is, but it sure sparked a need for me to want to earn & save what we can now...

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  6. @Kristen We are blessed, and so very thankful. Grandma & our son are quite a pair. Their bond truly is special. He keeps her young, she says.

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  7. I am so glad you didn't have to struggle with the guilt of returning to work and that your hubby is so supportive. That's a rare but precious commodity.
    Stopping by from VB!

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  8. @Jacqueline Thank you for stopping by! We really do TRY to do our best for our family. It's not always easy, but we try. I lucked out in the husband dept that's for sure :)

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  9. Sounds like you're doing great. It's wonderful that the grandparents can watch your baby. And it is nice to have a life outside of the kids. Congrats on your first year back and Good Luck on the coming year!
    stopping in from voiceBoks.com members to remember!
    Michelle

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  10. You are so lucky to be able to work and have family to watch your son. Daycare can be so costly. If I were to return to work, I'd only be working to pay for child care. I'm glad you're doing so well in both your career life and family life. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

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  11. @ Michelle Some days are better than others. If it weren't for family caring for our baby while we are at work - I honestly don't think I could do it! I would be overcome with worry! Thank you for your kind words.

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  12. @ Mary I agree, we are super lucky. Sometimes I wish we could be even luckier and both be stay at home parents! Imagine...

    I hear you: child care is EXPENSIVE and finding great child care is tough.

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  13. That is so incredible that your baby gets to stay with your mom during the days. A blessing!

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  14. I hope you do find more time to write. Being a mother and working leaves us so little time to ourselves. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Yes, it was my first vlog but I've been a teacher or speaker all my life so it comes natural :) Thanks for the compliment.

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  15. Congratulations! You are pro now. I am glad you have found a community of friends and fellow supporters in the blog community. Good luck on year two!

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  16. UPDATE: Our baby is now in Kindergarten! I am excited to share an upcoming post on my work mom life for the years in between this post and now! Stay tuned!

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