Getting ready to make the transition to childcare but until then, July was a juggle
Last weekend I posted about waiting for our new childcare arrangement to start.
As I waited, I started working part-time doing marketing consulting work for clients remotely. I did it when I could during mornings, naps and evenings, with weekends reserved for batch tasks and deep work requiring more concentration.
On weekdays, I logged on from our home office but on weekends with my husband at home, I would head to a local coffee shop and even set up a second desk station in our bedroom so I would be nearby but out of sight, out of mind. I only came downstairs for meals, tea breaks and to water the garden with our son and have a sprinkler session.
I don’t know about you, but I cannot work from our ‘office’ room if the kids are downstairs and awake.
They are like puppy dogs, pawing at the glass doors, wanting to help me with my keyboard and push all of the buttons. Sometimes they literally want to just lie at my feet…so I find it is simpler to surrender than to resist it. I either stop working or I put on my invisibility cloak and head upstairs or to a coffee shop.
But soon (and for the first time in over a year!) I will be doing the bulk of my work on weekdays with weekends reserved for more family adventures as we transition our youngest to daycare. I am misty-eyed at the change to our bond but they could also be tears of joy for rearing another child until they walk and are no longer latched to me clusterfeeding.
You don’t really know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone.
Co-sleeping, breastfeeding, babywearing, cuddles. Those tender moments are sweet but they also make the newfound freedom (and reminder of what it actually feels like) to concentrate on a task for longer than five minutes and sleep through the night all the sweeter.
I had been struggling with the guilt of having someone else look after my now toddler/previous baby and I came to the conclusion that: it is ok for other people to help us, look after him and build his trust in other people.
Privacy, free time, sleep, booger free tops.
I am potentially entering into smug parent territory so I will leave you with this…it is ok to change your plans. Change your mind. Change your life. Hell, I have moved countries four times it is DEFINITELY ok by me to change all of the above.
Life is for living and experimenting, find what works for you and if it is elusive…keep trying new things!
Anyone else switching things up, making sacrifices or designing their own way of mixing life and work?
The Summer 2019 Babies, Business + Breakfast sneak peek: Small but mighty
This is what parent-friendly professional development looks like.
The vision for Babies, Business + Breakfast
Hiya, my name is Amy Lynch and I’ve been participating in personal and professional development since my two children were newborns (they’re currently one and almost three years old), as a result of the belief I could keep doing what I loved to do as a parent, alongside my children.
It wouldn’t always be easy or comfortable, but along the way I started getting into my own bringing babies into business settings rhythm and in doing so, became an accidental activist.
I started writing about it, speaking with other parents and advocating for more inclusive spaces and business experiences.
As it turns out, others also believe parenthood and professional development don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Like my newsletter readers, event attendees, guest speakers, business sponsors and community partners who join us to mix babies and business, blurring those life and work lines a bit more!
Babies, Business + Breakfast is focused on providing parent-friendly professional development, through an online newsletter and face-to-face event series, designed to start conversations, share ideas and create a sense of community.
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Read about my previous experiences bringing babies into business settings in the following blog posts:
- Speaking At WordCamp Ottawa 2019
- Babies, Business + Breakfast Summer 2019 Pop-Up Event Focused On Marketing And Sales
- Creating Parent-Friendly Business Spaces And Experiences: Transcript Of Lightning Talk For Eastern Ontario’s WEKH
- Baby in the Boardroom: Transcript of my talk for CreativeMornings Ottawa
- How She Built It event recap from May 2019: Mixing babies + business
- Reciprocity and parent-friendly event planning
- Parent-friendly presenting in real-time at CreativeMornings Ottawa
- Visiting Algonquin College’s DARE District with kids
- Visiting Invest Ottawa with kids
- Participating in Impact Academy with a baby
- Attending Creative Mornings Ottawa while babywearing
- Touring coworking spaces as a parent
- Bringing children into the boardroom