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Me (40) DH (49) daring DD (9) and darling DS - almost THREE! (born June 25, 2010 in an amazing, unplanned
Glad you spun this off into a separate thread!
I'm a freelance writer who WAM. When DD was 1 I started worked during naps and at night. I do make calls, which is really rough. (I remember interviewing this really important scientist one day while DD was barking and pretending to be a dog, chasing the cat around the kitchen.
Once DD was about 2, my saving grace was finding friends and doing child care swaps - I take the kids for a few hours Monday, she takes them for a few hours Tuesday.
I think the main thing is just getting used to the fact that nothing will ever feel like it's done _ the "work" or the "home." I was always leaving a story half-written to get her from nap, or trying to get her to play solo for 10 minutes so I could make a call. Once I got used to that level of chaos being the norm - it was a little easier.
I'm a little freaked b/c I've lost a lot of clients due to the economy. I had about 9 assignments last month and I've got 1 this month. Yikes. So we're already taking a financial hit. We'll see.
|For me, the biggest challenge is finding time to continue working on my own research and writing. I have an edited volume that HAS to be in to the publisher by May 1st. Plus I also have about 5 other articles that are either in-process or in-review that I have to continue working on, even over the summer. Then, if I ever want a better job, I also have to find time to keep applying to the very limited supply of tenure track positions in my field. I'm so tired just thinking about it all...|
Ah, yes! I think some people imagine I have it so easy staying at home with my child, and doing my work from home, too. Yet, I think it would be fun to watch them try to do their jobs while being constantly interrupted by a toddler--need breakfast, need a snack, need to play, need to try and run out the door, need lunch, need another snack, need to play, need to try and let the dogs in the house, need you to read me a book, need to potty, already pottied and you need to clean it up--and see just how much they get done in a day while also trying to stay sane and take care of the house at the same time.
This to totally my life! Only kick it up a notch because my 3yo has SPD and is SUPER busy and demanding! And my DH wonders why I'm out of patience by the time he comes home at 6pm .
|I think the main thing is just getting used to the fact that nothing will ever feel like it's done, the "work" or the "home."|
Lis ~ Married to my favorite boy and raising "our" three ~
DS 14 (his) ~ DD 9 (mine) ~ toddlerDS 2! (ours)