A Translator Mom who loves her Job
It has been quite a while since I last blogged. I was trying to wrap my head around the new addition to my family, and trying to cope with the new challenges thrown at me as a work-at-home career mom of now two boys.
Let me tell you something: it definitely isn’t easy, with the hectic days and sleepless nights (although now, thank goodness, the little one sleeps through the night!), not to mention all the diaper changing and breastfeeding!
I took a break from blogging and embraced those new challenges, but that didn’t mean I stopped working! It was my decision to take no breaks. In fact, I didn’t even take a single day off and resumed working just the next day. Crazy, right? Talk about someone who loves their job!
Here’s how it all went down:
Friday May 2nd: I delivered the last projects I had on hand and prepared all the invoices. I had a feeling delivery was very near; I went to bed at midnight. Little did I know my water would actually break at 1:30 am while in bed! My suitcase was ready so hubby and I drove to the hospital. A mere few hours later, at 6:37 am to be exact, I welcomed my sweet boy Andy.
Saturday May 3rd: I spent the day at the hospital (obviously!).
Sunday May 4th: I checked out of the hospital and went back home. I had a natural delivery and was feeling good.
Monday May 5th: Not all my clients knew that I had given birth, and some of them were sending me projects (like every hectic Monday). Being the competitive person that I am, I took that as a challenge and did not reject any project. I postponed the ones that were of less urgency and worked on the ones for clients who were more in a hurry, namely those who had legal documents on hand.
It was just like a regular weekend where you go back to work on Monday, only this time it was not a normal weekend; it was a life-changing one!
It’s been a little over 4 months now, and everything seems to slowly go back to normal as I get used to my new routine. There are still some crazy days where a sick baby needs a lot more cuddling than usual, not to mention that it is summer, which means school was out and the older kid was home most of the time and I needed to finish all the work that I had by noon so I could spend my afternoon with the family.
When you love something so much, no matter what you’re going through, you’ll always find the time for it. So, in my case, what I love is my job. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly do not mean I let my job get in the way of taking better care of my family. Actually, I love it so much that I don’t feel like I’m working. My job is like my therapy; it’s the break that I take when life gets so overwhelming! Sure I have days where my work becomes what’s overwhelming, but I never complain. My business is my baby, and I am proud to admit it. This is why I am so lucky I don’t have to choose between my family and my career.
You are amazing! I love the way you deal with this. Many people fear even to think about having a baby while freelancing.
Hats off and enjoy your new life!
Freelancing is tough. You don’t know what the next day brings you. But I can only evolve as a human being if all aspects of my life are in progress.