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Juggling a newborn, a toddler and a business

Juggling a newborn, a toddler and a business

jugglinganewborntoddlerandbusiness

Juggling a newborn, a toddler and a business

Time…where have you gone? 4 weeks ago, I had all the time in the world – I just didn’t realise it. There was no way anyone could have prepared me for what it would be like to have a newborn, a soon to be 3 year old and a business. No matter how many times Megan would tell me that it might be harder than I think, and that I might need to take more time off I actually would laugh and say no chance – ill be fine! Wow, did I prove myself wrong.

I had no idea how I would manage things once I had my son. I knew I would be ok but I love routine and knew I would have to start all over again and find a new normal – this scared me. It has been 4 weeks and I can say that I’m managing.

I learnt quickly that the night before a work day is very important. I have to get out the door early and there is no way of doing that effectively in the morning, so I pack bags, sort out our outfits, get my laptop and have it ready at the door. Once morning comes, I get myself ready first before the kids get up so they aren’t rushed, I then tackle the toddler and put a movie on for her to watch so she is occupied for at least 45 minutes while the baby is fed. I will then check my emails and make sure nothing is urgent and then pack our life into the car and get going. Oh and I attempt to take something out for dinner. This is all before 9am!

I have learnt to type, while holding a bottle in one hand feeding my son and have a conversation with my 3 year old about absolutely anything and everything. I have also realised that sometimes you just have to do what you have too to get through the day – like bribe the 3 year old with treats so you can make a few work calls!

I can’t work the same way I did when I only had my daughter. A toddler is much easier to cart around and leave with a relative/babysitter than a newborn. My work times have changed, I no longer have the time I had before so I have had to become more productive with the time I do get. I write lists of tasks to get done, and make sure that our clients work is on track – if it means I start work at 10.30pm because that’s how long it took to get the little ones sorted then so be it!

I also tell myself daily that this is a temporary situation. It won’t always be this hard and I also won’t always have a little baby so I just need to enjoy it and get through it.

I also have bad days, days that start in the very early hours of the morning, an inbox full of emails that need to be actioned, phone calls that need to be returned and sick children just to add to it. These days aren’t easy, and it can be difficult to get back on track and stay positive. One piece of advice that was given to me a few years back was that as each day turns into night and you lay in bed (even if it is in the early hours of the morning) close your eyes and hit reset. Erase the previous day and wake up ready to start fresh. Each day is a new day so just start again.

For now, I am currently living life in 3 hour intervals, I have never fallen into a more deeper sleep in my life than I do in the few hours of broken sleep I get each night (I’m serious, I don’t wake to anything!), I literally cannot see the end of my to-do list, my house is in no way the display home it used to be, and I am becoming really forgetful (hence the need for the to-do lists) but I have two amazing little humans which are very healthy and happy, one very special business partner who is the back-bone to our business and an amazing friend who has had just as many sleepless nights as me because she is working on everything, and an incredible husband and family who help me…that is how I juggle things these days!



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