Becoming a mom is the most important job a woman can ever have. There’s nothing like bringing life into the world, and watching it flourish. For Today Show correspondent and new mom, Jenna Wolfe, giving birth to her daughter, Harper, has been one crazy ride – a journey I know all too well.
Wolfe’s first few months with her baby girl have come and gone in a flash. Now she’s back at work, after being away on maternity leave. As she stated on the show, “getting your mind, body, and wit back in order has been an adventure in and of itself.” Needless to say, making the transition from being a stay-at-home mom to working outside of the home can be challenging. TODAY Moms readers offered up some advice to help her along.
Regina Savini Duller says, “Try to stay focused at work; then focused at home with baby; and be sure to get sleep to do it all over again the next day.
Katelyn Carr advises, “Have the babysitter send updates through text message with pictures.”
Lorraine Smith jokingly adds, “The best advice I received was from a lactation consultant just before I left the hospital. She said: “None of my children ever told me ‘Gee, Mom, I’m sure glad you did those dishes!’ Laundry, dishes, and cleaning can wait. Your baby cannot.” Every moment with my daughter is precious, and I’m glad I gave myself permission to be a messy-bessy when necessary!”
Reading all of the comments makes me think about my own situation. I recently returned to work from maternity leave with baby number two. I’m also in the news biz. A normal workload could get tedious, adding breaking news to the mix could equal long days at work. With that in mind, pumping and storing my breast milk has been essential to making sure my baby gets the nutrition he needs. I’ve learned that anything could happen at any time. Princess has been sent home in the past, which meant rushing to daycare to pick her up. With that said, my mom, husband and I have a contingency plan in case of an emergency. These tips have helped me through my own transition.