Tips & Tricks on being a FULL-time mom working a FULL-time job
Before having a child, all the “time” in the world was mine. I used it to lounge around some days, I used it to go to the beach if it was beautiful outside, I used it to work overtime if I had the chance to and then all of sudden all of that “extra” time ran out.
After having a child, I felt like I was always running out of time. Bless the moms that have the opportunity to stay at home with their little ones. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for several mombies in the world. Though it would be pretty epic to provide our little ones our full attention, money has to be made some way somehow.
It may be hard as hell being a full-time mom working a full-time job, So I am hoping that I can provide you some of my tips and tricks to get through it.
1.Set a schedule & Get Organized.
Scheduling is important!!! The organization is important!!! I cannot stress this enough. When I became a first-time mom, I was not prepared for how hectic it can be when you have a child added into the mix. Take a trip to your nearest pharmacy or Wal-Mart and purchase a calendar. Take an hour of your day once a month where you can sit down and write down all of your important due dates and appointments in the calendar, then always keep it with you. Always ask for appointment cards or jot it down in your phone. Set alarms on your phone to remind you of things you know you will forget.
2. Plan Ahead.
Planning ahead will only help you in the long run. One of the biggest issues I had with my child was preparing his food. I made all of my sons baby food but that could be a little tough when you are limited with time. So I made Sundays the day I would prepare his food for the week so that I wouldn’t be running crazy in my kitchen when I got home from work. Always think about the next step. Ask yourself, what can I do to make my life run a little bit smoother tomorrow? Meal prep for yourself and the baby. Pack your baby bag the day before with all of the necessary items you may need for the next day. Wake up before your baby wakes up and try to get things done.
3. Accept that it is not easy… Breathe.
There are going to be days that are harder than others. There are days that you may not want to get up in the morning. There are days where you are exhausted. There are days where you feel like you are non-stop and I want you to know that feeling this way is normal and it is ok. It does not mean that you are weak. It means that you are human. Take a second away from your child and breathe. Inhale all of the greatness that you are and exhale all the thoughts in our head telling you that you “can’t” do it. Accept that being a mom is hard as hell but it is worth every sweat. Your child is the biggest reward in all of this hard work. It will get easier, but it always will be challenging. Remember you are basically working two jobs.
4. Enjoy it
No one wants to be away from their little one, but you know what I mean when I say you need a break every now and then. & that’s OK. Going to work gives me a break from running all over the place. When I had to bring my child for the first time to daycare, I cried so much I could no longer see through my swollen eyes. I was terrified of all the horrible daycare stories I googled on my maternity leave. MATERNITY LEAVE GIVES YOU TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS! So I basically scared myself to death. After leaving my son for 2 weeks, I felt “less stress”. I knew that his teachers were doing a great job because every time I would go pick him up he was super smiley and happy. Barely even cried (my big boy). I began enjoying going to work because it gave me some time to worry about work. It takes my mind off of all the stresses in my life and let me tell you, I sure do enjoy it.
PS. Sometimes as Mombies who work full-time like to blame ourselves for not spending enough time with our little ones. We like to shame ourselves because you feel like you are missing out on everything. I am here to tell you to stop blaming yourself, you freaking rock as a mom. You push yourself every day to make sure that you and your child are ok. when your little one smiles let that be a reminder that you are doing an awesome freaking job.
Have a lovely day Mombies 🙂