Why one mom actually looks forward to going back to work after her baby is born.
Susan McLain: OK, I have to admit it, I like my job. I know, as a mom of a toddler and another baby ready to make her way into the world any day now, I am not sure I should admit that. Yes, the transition back to work after having my first child was unbearably painful -- the guilt, the separation anxiety, the cross-country traveling, the dinner meetings were at times more than I thought I could handle. But, surprisingly, I have to say I wouldn't change a thing.
Now, maybe it's because my job allows me to be immersed in something that I'm truly passionate about, or maybe it's just that I have great child care at home. As the General Manager of The Baby Einstein Company, I get to think about and play with baby products all day, and talk to and listen to moms who are also in a situation similar to mine -- looking for quality time and creating the best environment for their child(ren).
Don't get me wrong, I loved the time I spent at home with my child, but it also made me realize that "me" time was also critical for our happiness, and shockingly, work actually provides me with a little "me" time. In fact, I have found that it actually makes the time with my child that much more meaningful because I know how precious that time is.
I have also realized the importance of focusing on what you have in front of you. While there are days when work may interfere with my home life, I really try to dedicate myself to the project at hand -- whether it's my child, my husband, or the newest product at work. Now, fortunately, my work is something that I can bring home without feeling guilty. My daughter, Keira, and I have spent a lot of time together watching our Baby Einstein DVDs, and playing with various products, and truthfully, these have been some of the best bonding moments we have shared because we were actually discovering things together -- beautiful paintings, an appreciation for classical music (I'm your typical rock or pop mom type), and even a basic understanding of sign language.
As I look to the future and think about the new baby that is about to become part of our family, I am excited -- not stressed. Yes, I've heard how two is much harder than one, and I'm concerned about giving each child enough of my time, but at the end of the day, what comforts me most is that I know I will be a better parent to both of my children if I stay true to who I am -- a wife, a mom, a business person, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a seeker of new things. And, while I look forward to the next few months at home, I also look forward to what I am going to learn when I come back to work in the fall.
UPDATE: Sloane Alexandra McLain was born May 13th at 12:18 PM. She weighed 8 lbs and 8 oz and Mama and baby are doing great.
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|Susan McLain is vice president and general manager of The Baby Einstein Company, LLC. As of Wednesday, she is now the mom of two!|