Having a child is the most amazing gift. I remember giving birth to Rachel (how can I ever forget … it was 31 hours of pure agony!). I mean, I thought launching a business was exhilarating and fulfilling but nothing, absolutely nothing, can ever compare to becoming a Mom. Those without children will never know the purest form of unconditional love and how your whole life changes in an instant with that little human being consuming every bit of your existence. As Tiger Woods said when he recently became a Dad: “How can you love something so much that didn't exist the day before?” I couldn’t agree more!
My client, who is just entering motherhood, will be dealing with seemingly mundane tasks like changing poopie nappies and feeding at ungodly hours. It’s a far cry from her powerhouse meetings and big-time career, but she’ll be entering a new stage of her life that will yield more meaning than any accomplishment she may have achieved in her paid job.
Our firm has been dispensing PR advice to her for years, but here’s my personal counsel now that she’s a parent:
Take as much time off as you need and completely disconnect from the office – Your child needs you more than your boss does.
Don’t fuss over the house or your body – Forget the vacuuming and just sleep when the baby does. It’s more important than clean carpets.
Accept help – If anyone offers to take care of junior for the evening, say yes and pull out the calendar pronto!
Congratulations, my fellow Mom, and best wishes for the journey of a lifetime.
(Photo of my little Rachel and me circa summer 1999)