After baby #1 I was more anxious about getting into a routine so my son and I would be ready for the big transition. My maternity leave just didn’t feel like enough time to leave him alone but thankfully he started sleeping longer during the nights and was a happy eater so, in retrospect, he really helped me out (although I didn’t realize it back then)! After baby #2, my main concern was that my daughter wasn’t loving the bottle so I was worried she’d starve without me! She didn’t. After weeks of stressful bottle-feeding experiments, she figured things out as transitioned back to work. It felt like such a big deal back then but I barely remember it now which has taught me that there are so many phases to motherhood that both the good and bad bits pass by quickly.
Longer maternity leave! 6 months feels like a good minimum for all new moms around the world 🙂 I had a lot of colleagues who didn’t have kids so our organisation was still catching up to the needs of working parents. A little more space in the day to be a new mom (pumping felt like a full-time job on its own) and more appropriate nursing rooms would have helped (although it’s better now). I love routines and they work really well for me but I realize now that sticking to them during such an unpredictable time added unnecessary stress, so I’d have been a little easier on myself.
I am energized by the relationships I build but I’ve chosen to keep my circle small. I am naturally curious and a talker so I’ve always labeled myself as an extrovert. I realize now that I’m an ambivert, drawing energy from social settings and also from time on my own. I value fairness and equity above all else and truly appreciate quality. Quality service, quality products, quality experiences, and quality time.
I am an adventurer, having lived in 6 countries on 3 continents. I have worked within a big corporate company and also in the start-up development space. I have embraced marriage and motherhood with the sense of humour and grateful heart that they deserve.
Thank you so much Audrey!