Pumping at work…when you’re not at work

Jun 9, 2014 by

By now, you know that my new job has provided me an excellent lactation room—the Moo Moo room—and how relieved I was that I didn’t have to return from maternity leave to my old job where I likely would have been pumping in my car while the entire downtown business district watched. Having a private place to pump was not exactly a benefit provided by my former employer; with my new job, however, I am more than happy to escape to my comfortable, private room to watch TV while I pump and then store my stash in the in-room refrigerator.

My Team of Working Moms

Mar 24, 2014 by

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Just a few of the moms that support me!

When I started working at my company nearly seven years ago, none of the women here were moms. None of us were even married then! My how times have changed. Now there are four moms here and I can’t tell you how valuable these women have been in my life as a working mom. I’m sad to say that one of my best mom co-workers is now moving on to another opportunity and the rest of us working moms are so sad to see her go. She has been a role model and a pioneer for us. She was integral in getting our company to offer a short-term disability plan, which ultimately allowed us each to get paid for an additional six weeks of maternity leave. She paved the way for each of us to come back from maternity leave with reduced hours and has championed keeping that schedule long after our babies were infants. She’s made returning to work infinitely easier for all of us. She’s our Pinterest, crafting and party planning guru. She’s our style consultant, helping us dress appropriately as moms, while making sure we stay away from mom jeans. We’re all on this working mom roller coaster together and I’m sad that today we’re down one rider over here. So, in honor of our first working mom moving on, here are some of the reasons I’m glad I get to hang out with these great moms everyday.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…Working Mom Remix!

Dec 24, 2013 by

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

One creature was stirring, but it wasn’t a mouse;

Mom was still up, filling stockings with care,

So the little ones would be sure St. Nick had been there;

If the kiddos had just gone to sleep right at eight,

Poor Mamma wouldn’t still be up this late!

But the clock had struck two,
and mom wasn’t quite done;

She was still ensuring Christmas magic and fun.

When, suddenly, she heard a bellowing knock,

And, at this hour, she hesitated to open the lock!

With baseball bat in hand she opened the door,

And could scarcely believe who stood there on the floor.

“You’re not real!” she exclaimed to the man dressed in red

And she started to wonder if she’d perhaps hit her head.

10 Reasons I Love Daycare

Dec 23, 2013 by

After having my first child I was absolutely racked with guilt and filled with anxiety about going back to work. I tried to talk my underemployed musician/doctoral student husband into the idea that we could afford me staying home. I even went so far as to create a spreadsheet which just showed me how impossible it really was. I had the full time job, I carried the insurance. It just wasn’t going to happen.  Luckily for me, it turned out the anticipation was so much worse than the actual going back was.

My Christmas Reality (In GIFs)

Dec 19, 2013 by

The holiday season is in full swing. The decorations are up and started shopping in hopes of finishing early enough to have a stress free Christmas.

Happy Dance

The stores are packed with holiday shoppers. I grab the items I came for in under 5 minutes only to wait 2o minutes in the checkout line.

frustrated

I get the present my daughter said she really, REALLY wants for Christmas. Yes, things are looking good!

Yes Nailed It

A few days later she decides she wants to ask Santa for something else instead.

OMG Are You Serious

I find out my daughter’s preschool is having a holiday celebration for the kids and their families. The kids are going to sing for the parents. This is going to be adorable!

Yay

Then I find out it’s during the day and I’m going to have to try to leave work for a few hours so I can go.

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