One of my prayers lately has been to be more intentional with my relationships, especially the one with my son.
As a working mom sometimes I feel like my obligations take away from the time I should be spending with Omari. Something I feel like “wouldn’t it just be better if I stayed at home with him and gave him all my attention?”
The more I pray on it I can see this is clearly not the answer…. I’ll always work in some capacity so how can I be more intentional in being present while spending time with Omari (and everyone else in my life…)
I’ve seen that being intentional with my relationship with God is helping in every other relationship I have. It’s honestly amazing to watch him move and answer every prayer in his time.
I encourage you all to put your relationship with your creator first and watch everything else fall into place. ❤️
Ok so I started writing this blog weeks ago when I returned to work after 10 weeks of maternity leave. …I did not plan on it being this long between my blog entries, but I did not anticipate just how hectic my life would be as a working mom.
Here’s how my work day usually goes
The time I wake up varies depending on what time Omari wakes up (or how many times I hit snooze) but it’s usually between 5-6 am
Pump and/or feed Omari
He is usually hungry around this time so if my boobs are full and I need to pump anyway I will breast feed him (oh yea somehow I’m able to breast feed normally again with no pain… we’ll thank his chiropractor sessions for that)
If its not time for him to eat yet I’ll pump so I don’t have to do it right when I get to work
Get ready for work
Get Omari ready for daycare
Put work bag and Omari’s bag in the car (hopefully these things are already packed the night before)
Put Omari in the car
Drop Omari at daycare
Head to work
During my work day I probably pump twice, otherwise my boobs will get hard as rocks
Work day ends
If I left work at a decent hour I go home first, shower, or do some kind of house cleaning
If I leave work late I go sit in traffic for an hour or so and go straight to the daycare to pick Omari up before they close at 6:30 pm.
After I pick Omari up who knows what happens…. you know what happens? Whatever Omari wants to do lol
My biggest challenge returning to work has to be getting out the house on time. Where I used to give myself about two hours to get up and get together, now I have to give myself at least 3 hours to get Omari and I together.
Tips on getting out of the house on time:
Pack your work bag the night before
Pack your child’s daycare bag the night before
Prepare all bottles for daycare the night before
at most daycares all bottles have to be prepared and labeled with their name, whether it’s breastmilk or formula, and the date
pack your breast pump and all breast pump accessories if you are breast feeding the night before
… see a trend here? THE NIGHT BEFORE!
Lay your work clothes out the night before
pick out your child’s clothes the night before
Basically the key is to be prepared because if you try to do all of these things in the morning before work you will either have to get up at 3 am or you will be extremely late for work.
I was honestly ready to return to work after being stuck in the house for 10 weeks (you start to go a little stir crazy, at least I did). There are challenges in being a working mom because at times it can feel like working two full time jobs but I love getting up in the morning and going to go focus on my career. I always thought that I would jump at the chance at being a stay at home mom, and while I don’t think I would mind it, after actually becoming a mom I see that being a stay at home mom is an incredibly hard job and my hat goes off to those who do it. I love my son, and I miss him all day while I am gone but what can I say, I need a break from him during the day to be just me, Christina.