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I firmly believe that being a working mom is the hardest job in the world.
When I got married at 23 (yes, way too young!), I always knew that I wanted children. But there was also one thing I knew - that I was not about to quit my job and sacrifice my career just because I had children.
My first pregnancy at 24 ended in miscarriage, which was traumatic. My daughter was born when I was 25, and spent almost a month in the NICU before coming home. I had 6 weeks of maternity leave which meant....yep, you guessed it. I got a whopping 2 weeks at home with her before I returned to work.
I developed terrible postpartum depression and didn't get a full nights sleep for a good 6 months. I was working all day, commuting an hour each way, and taking care of an infant. It was one of the most difficult times of my life.
What I really needed was for someone to tell me what I was going through was normal. It's normal to be exhausted and irritable with your partner. It's normal to not be able to focus at work because you've been up all night with a baby. It's normal to not love every minute of motherhood. But instead, I felt like a failure.
Can women really have it all?
Fast forward many years and my husband and I are celebrating our 16 year wedding anniversary. My daughter is 13 and we have a 10 year old son and 2 dogs as well. Life is much better these days (and I get a lot more sleep).
I've worked in healthcare as a nurse for 17 years and now have my dream job as a consultant. I get to work with incredible people doing meaningful work, and bonus, I get to travel to really cool places!
In 2017 I started posting videos on YouTube with the goal of supporting working moms. I saw a huge content gap and couldn't find many women online who were like me. Since then, my channel has grown to over 122,000 subscribers and I love sharing tips to make working mom life easier!
I'm glad you're here and please know - if you're a working mom, you are truly a superhero! We definitely don't get the credit we deserve.
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