The Struggles: A Working Mom Following her Dreams.

If I had a dollar for every time I get asked... "How do you do it?" The truth is I don't know. About 90% of the time I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

      My most important job, being a mom, always comes first. I am a mom to the two cutest little rug rats I have ever known. They fill my life with so much love I can't hardly stand it. I would be lying if I didn't say how unbelievably challenging it is. Having two babies (two and under) means both of them are still 100% dependent on me for everything. On the days I am lucky enough to be home with them, my days are spent cleaning up code brown explosions, spot treating spit up stains (or peanut butter stains depending on which kid it is), potty training (every thirty minutes!), managing completely irrational tantrums, playing peek-a-boo (for the hundredth time) and singing along to "the hot dog song" (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse anyone?). All of this is (though exhausting) completely and totally worth it...especially when it comes complete with a snotty nosed Eskimo kiss!

     In between kissing boo boos and trying to figure out why there are banana peels in the shower (what??) I spend my day, pureeing baby food, washing dishes that never end and attempting to make some sort of progress with the continuous flow of laundry.

     Lets throw in a full-time nursing gig as well. Not just any nursing gig but a night shift one! After spending the day chasing the kids around in what feels like a long distance marathon I put on my Danskos, attempt to run a brush through my hair and head out the door. I work in the hospital doing what seems like the exact same thing (code brown explosions, etc.) until 7:30 in the morning. Sleep when they sleep? Ha! That's my time to edit pictures!

    Yup, and then there's my photography business. My love. Nap time and bed time gives me the time to return emails, blog, update my website, edit pictures and work on my business. I could edit for hours and I love it! I lose complete track of time. I am often snapped back to reality by the sound of my youngest crying on the baby monitor. Time to close shop until bed time.

    And then there are the cupcakes. I am not sure how these cupcakes got started but they did. It started out with an order for a dozen, then two orders for a dozen...next thing I know I'm taking orders for large parties and weddings...what?!?! Now between working night shift, doing laundry, photo sessions and changing diapers...I bake cupcakes. I don't know when I make these cupcakes but somehow I do. I am almost always covered in frosting and my once 'organic-non-GMO-preservative-free' daughter has since added buttercream frosting to her diet as a primary food group.

   Oh yeah, and there is a husband in the mix too!

    As I write this I am working on 37 hours straight without any sleep. I don't recommend it in case you're wondering. That's the hard part about juggling a million different things at one time. Anything could go wrong and you need to make sacrifices to make it work (In my case I unexpectedly had to go to work at the last minute and came home to a child with a fever). I am not sure that I would call this "work-life balance." It's more like "how many cups of coffee can you drink in a 24 hour period to survive. " Why do you do it you ask? It's worth it to push for your dreams. I know that at hour 40 I will finally be able to lay down and get some sleep. After all, I will need it. I have a busy week ahead of cupcake orders to fill, a newborn session, a wedding and most of all, two set of the sweetest cheeks in the world waiting to be kissed on...and I couldn't be happier.

 

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