Seven Months Postpartum, Round Two
Feeling groggy, I awoke to nurse baby at 6:00am after a night of wake ups. After all the coffee, I launched into a day with my little ones, complete with changing seven poopy diapers, writing emails during the nap time hustle, a walk/jumping in puddles, cooking dinner with a baby strapped to me, and an evening folding a mountain of laundry, physiotherapy exercises to heal my postpartum body, and journaling about my values and vision of success during this new season of motherhood. This was my day yesterday. Seven months postpartum, round two.
I haven’t written a personal blog post in a while. Truth be told, there were some moments not too long ago where I was struggling to find my way through the demands of nursing a newborn, meeting the needs of my toddler, sleep deprived, with a partner working crazy long hours. It all left me feeling (dare I say it?) rather trapped. I have so much gratitude for my family. But I needed some time to find my voice again as I processed my changing role at home, graduating from mom of one to mom of two. And now, here I am.
Motherhood is a huge transition that comes with new skills to learn and a new workload to integrate into our lives. Many people have asked me if it has been harder the second time around. Do I struggle to keep up with laundry? How do I manage my baby’s naps with a toddler’s schedule? And how on earth am I working on a business? My answer: It’s not harder, it’s just different. Perhaps what surprised me most was that I’ve felt this transition just as strongly as with my first baby. I had naively thought that since I’d been through this once before, the transition to adding a second baby to our family dynamic would be pretty quick. After all, I had intentionally arranged my work and life in a way that would make it easier to integrate a second baby into our lives. For the most part, the strategies I've used have been a blessing. But there is no escaping the need to walk through this transition, and I am reminded again of how enriching this time can be.
I often find myself with such a deep appreciation for the clients I work with who are making space, against all odds, to focus on pursuing a purposeful career. For some that means changing fields or jobs, for others it may mean a decision to stay at home and focus on the work of raising children, and for others it could mean carrying on in their profession or starting their own businesses. I know from first-hand experience, it’s not always easy navigating our way through this career transition, especially when it feels like there is always someone needing something from us. I am so grateful to support clients who are willing to show up and do this work with me, and to help them make space in their busy lives to pursue what matters most to them.
Although the dance of managing all the responsibilities on my plate continues, I feel a sense of renewal. I am truly giving myself the chance to experience this journey. To stop fighting the current and go with the flow. To be present with my family, enjoying the ride of being at home with little ones. To follow what inspires me, taking advantage of this motherhood transition to explore my vision for the future.
In order to give myself this space, there will be some changes coming with Shift Career Coaching. I plan on getting back to the heart of why I started all of this: to create resources where there were none, and if I can help one parent at a time in doing so, that is enough. Stay tuned!