Since, having my son last year, I have referred to myself no less than a thousand times as a WAHM (work at home mom, on the off-chance someone reading is not familiar with this acronym.) I am a mom, and do most of my work as a photographer and writer from home. What I am finding, however, is that my life as a WAHM means I spend my entire day in the Mommy role, caring for my 1-year-old. During moments of downtime, I struggle to do a little housework, and maybe make dinner. Finally, I wrap up the first part of my day with a shower, and only after everyone else is tucked snugly in bed can I sit down, open my laptop, and begin my workday.
Of course, now that Evan is walking, there are very few moments during the day that I can try to sneak some work in. It was different when I could place him on a blanket in the middle of the living room, surround him with some of his favorite toys, and enjoy maybe ten minutes of distracted work. Sitting criss-cross-applesauce on the floor, hunched over a laptop, while constantly glancing up to make sure your little nugget is not trying to eat carpet lint is not the ideal work situation either.
I am starting to wonder if trying to maintain a career in any capacity while raising a toddler is feasible for me. I say for me, because there are obviously women out there making it work, while I feel like I am in need of a serious nap most of the time. I am quite sure that moms who work outside the home have their own unique blend of stress and fatigue, and believe me, I do realize how fortunate I am to be able to stay home with my baby. It is truly a wonderful gift that I would not change for anything.
My mom does babysit a few hours a week, and I’m not sure what I would do without that precious time!
For those of you working from home, do you end up staying up all night trying to get a little work done? How do you find a balance between being present for your family and meeting your professional deadlines? I would love to hear your thoughts, tips, advice and even frustration.