One of the questions you inevitably have to deal with when being pregnant as a working mom is who is going to take care of the baby when your maternity leave will be over. Some moms choose to take a longer leave or to stop working all together but others need to think of childcare quite early in the process. Daycare, babysitter / nanny, or family?
It took me quite a while to get breastfeeding well established and to really start enjoying it. In the first months it was quite difficult (understatement..), not only painful (don´t get me started on cracked nipples or mastitis) but also the pressure of an underweight baby who needed to eat very often (and took his sweet time meaning you were basically only having 1 hour breaks in between feeding sessions) and not knowing how much milk you actually have and whether he was eating enough. By now I can say I loved breastfeeding but it took quite some tears and screams to get there.
A lot of times people ask me “how do you do it?” referring to the combination work, the bichin, writing a bit, cvandgo… This question always reminds me of the movie “I don´t know how she does it” and for a split second I allow myself to pretend that I am like Sarah Jessica Parker with her hotshot job in those cute little suits running around to manage home, work and kids on super high heels. But after that nano second I realize I might have the puking stains on my clothes but I don´t have a hotshot job, am not constantly on business trips, and am too lazy to wear tight skirts and high heels to even go to the office (let alone run around from office to schools and to end the day with a round of honor in the house).
So somehow I decided I wanted to do a detox juice cycle (at the moment of writing I already have no clue anymore why on earth I would decide something crazy like that) and that 5-day cycle has just started. The idea is that you live on 5 juices every day made of pure fruits and veggies, so you have 5 days with only unprocessed food. Some of my objectives to do this were to become aware of what I normally eat (let me tell you, after 1 day I am so aware already, I am addicted to food!) and to break bad eating habits (which, let´s be honest, I have quite a few after becoming a mom). So here we are, day 1 is almost over and I am struggling! I did not expect this would be so difficult, as an illustration a quick summary of how my day went:
It´s so easy to get-up and jump straight into the daily chaos: preparing breakfast for the family, checking your work email, getting dressed and running out to work. We all want to take some time to start the day peacefully but hey, who has the time? Nobody right? In the 6am club I wrote about how I used to have this hour every morning to start my day well (planning my day, some sports, some reflection time) but since having the bichin, that´s just a utopia so it´s normally just facing the day head-on. Still, there is one tiny element of this 6am ritual that I still manage to preserve, but only because it just takes 5minutes.