Find my sunglasses here!
I feel so grateful for the amount of flexibility and freedom that running a blog and social media channels gives me. Not only do I love being “the boss,” but I also love the content and ability I have to connect with so many of you on a near daily basis. It’s a dream job. I never knew this could be what it is, and I’ve been enjoying the ride since 2011.
I knew this summer was going to challenging and it has turned out to be much more chaotic, stressful, and exhausting than I even imagined. Emily was born riiiiiiiight before the boys got out of preschool for the summer. We arranged childcare for them so Justin and I could have predictable work hours, but I didn’t want to hire anyone to care for Emily until she was a bit older. Justin and I knew it was going to be a tag-team effort to care for her while the other one worked. I’m nursing, which is going a million times better than I could have hoped (such a gift!) and I’m learning that I do not have enough time to do what I need to do to keep the blog running at the pace it was running at before.
The problem with being an entrepreneur, and an “ideas” girl, is that I have so many ideas in my head for things I want to work on for the blog but so little time to execute them! I’m jotting them down and saving them for future reference though! At the same time, I long to be a present mother for my kids, and have days where I’m solely devoted to them and not checking email.
This is the working mom struggle that so many of you know very, very well.
Even though I thought I set myself up to take a real maternity leave this time around, I think I jumped back into work too fast. It’s hard to stay away and I get so much fulfillment from using the creative part of my brain for the site.
I realize this post is turning a little bit into a “here are all my thoughts right now” kind of blog post, but I wanted to clue you guys in a bit about why blog posts may be slightly thinner than usual for a couple weeks. When friends ask me how everything is going, I usually reply with an answer that conveys what I’ve written in this blog post. And since I interact with so many of you who have been following the blog, I naturally wanted to clue you in too!
Emily and I spent the weekend in Wisconsin with my family, and my parents flew back to Raleigh with me so we can celebrate the 4th of July together at my home. I’m excited to have them here for the week, and the boys are thrilled as well. If you are in America, I hope you have a great 4th of July! If you aren’t, I hope you have a nice week without a holiday 😉
I’ll be back next week with some blog posts. In the meantime I’m sure I’ll be talking in baby talk to Emily on Instastories and catching clips of the boys playing in the pool.