Motherhood challenges you in ways you never imagined. Everywhere you turn, society suggests that you need to have your act together, that you should be happy because you have “everything you ever wanted.” Growing your family, they say, is pure bliss perfumed with baby powder and cuddles. But you know the truth. Motherhood is equal parts bliss and barely keeping your head above water. The best part? That’s normal. Your feelings matter – all of them.

Mother and son huggingIf you crave connecting with another mother’s story and knowing you are not alone on a bad day, welcome. If you like to borrow organizing hacks and tried-and-true tricks from other moms, welcome. If you need to know how other working moms deal with the guilt and challenges of work-life balance, you won’t find that here, because not a single mother I have talked to has figured it all out yet. However, you will find an honest exploration of the emotional roller coaster that is working motherhood. I’m a working mom of two, so sometimes I’m making this up as I go, just like you. But I promise to do my best to give you a little bit of hope.

I used to be a teacher, and even though I left the classroom for an office, I cannot shake that core teacher personality: I like helping people. I want other new mothers to benefit from my mistakes and struggles. As prepared as I felt leading up to my first son’s birth (I nested like a champ!), I quickly realized motherhood is a special sort of challenge. That doesn’t make it bad, but let’s get real: it is a challenge. 

Mother with babyWhen baby boy #2 came along, I figured I might have a few more answers. Surely, the second time around things would be easier because I was a “seasoned veteran” of motherhood. Nope. It turns out each kid enters the world ready to throw you a new curve ball just when you think you’re getting the hang of things!

I am blessed with an amazing support system of understanding family and friends. So if I struggle despite the support I receive, I can only imagine the weight I would feel without that support. I don’t have all (or most) of the answers, but I would love to be a small piece of your support system. 

Follow me for reflections on motherhood through the eyes of one working mommy. From my first unplanned Cesarean section and subsequent CBAC (Cesarean Birth After Cesarean), to my two-time struggles with breastfeeding, to having to let go of (or at least try to keep in check) my perfectionist tendencies, I offer up an honest exploration of motherhood.

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