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A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: I had the Baby!

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  " Life happens when you are busy making other plans ." --John Lennon It has been said that life happens when you are busy making other plans. Apparently, that's when babies come too... I had a very elaborate maternity leave plan that included me delivering on or after my due date. My baby was due on March 29th. Below is a photo of him. He came on March 15th. Somehow, someway, he failed to get my detailed maternity leave memo. Go figure?! There's a lot that I would like to share about my birth experience and what happened next. However,  I am still playing catch up. Delivering two weeks early threw my schedule for a loop. I'd tell you about it, but haven't got the time. Don't worry, soon I will.  Until then,  know that I am in a blissful,  sleep deprived haze... Related articles A Peek Into the Life of Working Mom: Fatigue and the Working Mom (chatonsworld.blogspot.com) Planning for maternity leave (snagajob.com)

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Sometimes I'm Too Busy To Blog Regularly (#TGIF)

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"You used to be so prolific. What happened?!", said by associate I ran into an associate at an event recently. She indicated that she had started following my blog and noticed that the frequency of my posts had fallen off. If you've been following this blog for the last year, you know that she's right. Her comment made me feel great and terrible. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. It may have been the pregnancy hormones too. I was excited that she follows this blog and felt really bad for disappointing her. I haven't decreased my frequency because of lack of desire for want of material. Fulltime Working Moms Are Sometimes Too Busy To Blog Regularly Indeed, my daughter is as funny as she ever was. Besides her outfit induced tantrums that I discussed in Conflict Resolution and Parenting.  She also often prefers television to food. Eats so much chicken that I'm afraid she's going to turn into one. And is convinced that she was born to dan

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Celebrating International Women’s Day

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“ I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say yes, women can .” - President Dilma Rousseff, victory speech, October 31, 2010 Saturday was “ International Women’s Day ”. And it was my great honor to attend the premiere of “Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?” at the Carnegie Museum of Art.   This documentary was written and directed by Heather Arnet of the Women and Girls Foundation .   It focuses on the ascension of Dilma Rousseff to the presidency of Brazil and questions why the United States has yet to elect a female president.  Me with Heather Arnet The documentary ended with a discussion of eighteen developed countries that have had female presidents and noted that these countries all have rewritten their constitutions to include women and their rights. They also have progressive policies that include things that American women have tried to gain for years—equal pay for equal work and mandatory paid maternity leave . Indeed, Brazil

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: How to Deal with Texting Babysitters

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Working moms are at the mercy of the childcare providers so seeing this headline captured my attention, “ How to Stop Your Babysitter from Texting on the Job ”.   With my first child, we used nannies for nearly the first three years of her life.   If you have followed this blog, you know that the first left unexpectedly and the second was with us for a full year.   Without disparaging either young woman, one constant challenge we had was keeping them off of their cell phones. We live in a small neighborhood with a lot of retirees. So, I was fortunate to constantly get updates from my neighbors about their observations.   While it was too bad that I couldn’t persuade any of them to take the assignment themselves, it was nice to know that they were keeping an eye on my daughter.   One of their comments surrounded the amount of time the nannies were on their cell phones, either talking on them or texting on them. A walk around our courtyard involved the baby in the stroller and