Adjusting to life as a mother of a newborn has been anything but easy. Yet another one of those surprises no one really prepares you for, or maybe they just can’t. People tell you, “Oh your life is going to change”, “Things will never be the same”, etc. but they almost seem to say it in jest. Like they think it’s funny. Like HAHA you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into.
That is totally the wrong way to go about it. I honestly wish someone would have seriously sat me down over coffee or something and said something like, “Look, this is going to be seriously hard. You’re not going to sleep, like, ever again. Daily showering is a thing of the past. Consider it a bonus if you get to eat and your food is still hot. Running short errands with the kid will take weekend vacation type preparations. You will be tired, and sore, and cranky and it’s going to suck. But you’ll have this precious little person and even though she’s the bane of this new existence, you’ll keep going, because you love her more than you could have ever imagined. You’ll cry. You’ll second guess your decision to be a parent. You’ll second guess your ability to be a parent. All of this is OK and completely normal. Your boobs will hurt in a way you’ve never imagined. You’ll cry some more. But then she’ll smile at you and it will all be worth it.”
They’re tricky those babies, with their cuteness and tiny toes.
So yes, it has been difficult. But she’s so freaking amazing and incredibly worth it. And we’re learning, all of us, Bill, Issa, Sam and myself. We’re all figuring each other out and what life now, looks like. Did I mention she’s incredible?
I officially went back to work last Friday. I did my first photo session. It felt good to be back. And I have to just thank all of my clients who are booked this month and their incredible flexibility and love as we make adjustments. Like I said, we’re still figuring all this out. I honestly thought working from home would be easy, but it takes so much more planning and dedication than just dropping your kid at day care and heading off to the office for 8 hours. The trade off however is I’m sure those folks miss their kids. I get the advantage of spending time with her all day, and not missing things. But I also have to work at 2am, or between feedings or naps, or not answer the phone call from a client who’s been trying to get a hold of me for days, because every time they call my kid happens to be screaming all while trying to keep the endless piles of laundry going. How does such a small thing produce so many dirty clothes?
All this to say, we’re getting there. The fact that this blog post is written and live is proof. I’m excited about what is to come in both our personal lives and our business. It’s changing, and it’s changing for the better. And seriously, friends, family, clients thank you so much for all of your support, love and flexibility. We could not do it without you.
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