Well, tomorrow I am a working woman again. I will be balancing motherhood and career, like so many woman before me. It’s intimidating, I’m learning. I know we will get into a rhythm that works for us, but right now, John’s sleep schedule, well, he doesn’t have a real schedule. He sleeps 5-8 hours at night, which is great, but it’s not anything to set your watch by. Maybe that’s just part of being a parent, losing the right to know what to expect. If that’s true, then it’s worth it.

Maybe most surprising, I’m not losing my mind. My emotions are even. No meltdowns. I’m just not letting myself brood on the inevitable. I have to work – no options. For the moms who have the option to stay home, do not take that for granted. What a gift! On the days when it feels like you just want to get out and have an adult conversation or pursue a career in the field you got your degree in, remember that the women who are out there working wish they were home with their children. We wish we could hold them a little longer at night instead of thinking how much sleep they’re losing and wondering how they will function at work tomorrow. We wish we didn’t have to get all our cuddle time in on nights and weekends. We wish we were where you are. Please don’t take it for granted.

So here’s to the greatest juggling act I’ve ever pulled off. I’m truly leaving my heart at home, it feels. Lord, help me be present and peaceful at work, even in the midst of the frustrations of the workplace. I can do this. Here I go…

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