I get asked this question at least three times a day.
I am five months pregnant and just starting out with my new project (and baby) Onboardly. There is no such thing as mat leave, especially for us small business ladies. I won’t be taking 12 months off and enjoying every single second of my childs first year. I won’t be there for every step, every word, every cry and every laugh. I realize this, and you know what? I am ok with it.
There’s a baby in here!
I hate being judged and questioned on how I am going to raise my child with both parents being busy entrepreneurs. We’ll figure it out.
No sleep. No time for a shower. No personal time. Sounds like running a business to me. I get it, a baby is life changing. If I didn’t know this, I wouldn’t have had this happen to me. We are prepared. We are excited. And, yes, we are scared sh*tless. Bring it.
Here is what I have done to prepare for the blessed arrival of our child:
- Smile and be thankful for such a gift
- Shop for maternity clothes
- Ask mom how she did it
- Hire a nanny for three days a week
- Organize a kick-ass home office
- Organize a kick-asser out-of-home office
- Read up on tips and tricks for newbie parents
- Hire a babysitter
- Laugh. Learn
If you are a woman who has successfully had children and ran a business at the same time – HIGH FIVE! Oh, and PLEASE leave some tips below.