After working at home without children for almost 11 years and having the most ridiculous amount of business freedom one could ask for (and naturally didn’t realise until it was all gone) 9 months ago I added a baby to the mix.
FINALLY the ultimate test to income flexibility was here – working around children (or in my case child) so I could still be home for the mile stones and earn an income for my family.
I had the freedom to earn an income at home, around naps and snacks that so many mums are desperate for. I didn’t have to worry about bubs missing me at childcare, catching every disease known to mankind or trying to convince myself the childcare fees deducted from my pay was still worth working.
But this is what they didn’t tell you…..
They didn’t tell you not to be lured in by the sleeping 6 weeks newborn stage like I was. Its easy to work around a newborn. They eat and then sleep. You work. You have a fridge filled with donated food and people offering to clean your house because they are excited to be around your baby so no chores need to be addressed. Even with night feeds (which I did 100% of) I still got a lot of work done during the day.
Working from home with a baby is easy! <——naive!
Until your bubs decides that they don’t like to sleep anymore. Then this shit gets a whole harder. They didn’t tell you that you will feel guilty as you constantly check your phone, tablet and or laptop for client work, messages, trying to book appointments and more whilst your baby eats, plays and tries to get your attention. That you would feel guilty for not giving THEM more undivided attention, but you have to make the most of the time when they are not screaming.
They didn’t tell you that you may have a baby that rarely sleeps.
So any work planned during “nap time” – such as being on the phone has gone out the window. However if some magical alignment of the moon and stars and planets with the right temperature, ambient light and sounds falls into place whilst you jiggle your baby and they fall asleep – the first thing you will WANT to do is SLEEP yourself. The only thing you can do is quickly try and squeeze 45min of work done before the screeching commences.
Although you already knew that your “work” day wasn’t going to end at 5pm like other working mums, what they didn’t tell you was that YOUR work day will likely end at 11pm.
Or midnight. Only to start again at 4am when baby decided they were feeling fresh as a daisy and ready to get up. By the way, “work” doesn’t include chores.
They didn’t tell you that shit that used to take you 10min, now takes you 5 hours.
That you may burst into tears when the printer is out of paper, the computer freezes or the dog barfs all over your carpet (as that’s just another freaking thing to do when you’re trying to send this report out!)
They didn’t tell you that you WILL have to let him or her cry for a few minuets whilst you try and send that email. The crying gets louder. The email is taking longer to send. God your computer is a piece of crap.
They DID tell me that I wouldn’t want to work as much anymore. That my previous business focus would shift to being a mum. Nah – just think I will keep working on being the multitasking, streamlining, automating, efficiency master of the universe….no way am I giving up earning money from the couch!
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