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The struggles of working from home with a small baby

Adjusting to the new normal seems to be kicking my butt and I don’t know how to handle it.

My maternity leave ended in April and I had to go back to work, I had it all figured out. I was going to get a nanny, go back to work and continue with life as I had been. But, COVID-19 had other plans.

At first, I thought I was overreacting, my baby is small, how hard could this be? I thought it was just me who was struggling with re-adjusting. But being thrown into suddenly working from home with the added stress of a global pandemic, and the fact that even shopping for groceries these days feels exhausting, it’s important to realize that working from home is hard in normal circumstances — and you’re not working from home under any sort of “normal” circumstances.

Some days are better than others (Like today, that’s why I was able to write this article). My daughter is now 4 and a half months and I have to say, things are getting better. She has gotten into a routine, she naps most of the day, sometimes her naps are hours, sometimes they can be short as 10 minutes. I have to admit, I am lucky to be able to do the work that I do, it’s not too demanding so I am able to plan my day around my daughter’s naps. I salute all mothers who are doing this WFH thing with more than 1 kid in the house, I don’t know how I would cope. I would probably cry and drink every day, wait, I can’t drink 🙁

There are upsides to working from home. I have been able to save money in nanny fees, I’ve been able to spend more time with my small daughter and watching her grow has been absolutely beautiful. My maternity leave was only supposed to be 2 months because it was unpaid, but because of this pandemic, I feel like my maternity leave has been extended and I can’t help but be grateful. I am able to be fully present as a parent (to both my kids), I cook more and I am actually happier.

Working from home with a small baby has a lot of challenges, I don’t have it figured out yet (all I do is take advantage of nap time) that’s it, that’s my strategy. With that being said, I wouldn’t trade spending this much time with my baby for anything.

What are some of your strategies with WFH? Please help a mommy out.

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