#MondayMama: To the Working Mama

  1. I think you're a great mama! Honestly, I think that some of us are better moms for having careers and other things to offer the world. Not to minimize the impact and hard work of a full-time, SAHM, but honestly, when we have time with our little ones, we enjoy them and love them! Your time with her IS precious πŸ™‚ I know for me (it's a bit different) when I spend 24/7 with my little guy, it makes me a little crazy. I love him, but I also love doing things that are for me and help me feel fulfilled, too. Does that make sense? I think you're doing a great job of balancing both and you shouldn't feel ashamed EVER for loving your job.

  2. I think you're a great mama! Honestly, I think that some of us are better moms for having careers and other things to offer the world. Not to minimize the impact and hard work of a full-time, SAHM, but honestly, when we have time with our little ones, we enjoy them and love them! Your time with her IS precious πŸ™‚ I know for me (it's a bit different) when I spend 24/7 with my little guy, it makes me a little crazy. I love him, but I also love doing things that are for me and help me feel fulfilled, too. Does that make sense? I think you're doing a great job of balancing both and you shouldn't feel ashamed EVER for loving your job.

  3. I think you're a great mama! Honestly, I think that some of us are better moms for having careers and other things to offer the world. Not to minimize the impact and hard work of a full-time, SAHM, but honestly, when we have time with our little ones, we enjoy them and love them! Your time with her IS precious πŸ™‚ I know for me (it's a bit different) when I spend 24/7 with my little guy, it makes me a little crazy. I love him, but I also love doing things that are for me and help me feel fulfilled, too. Does that make sense? I think you're doing a great job of balancing both and you shouldn't feel ashamed EVER for loving your job.

  4. i agree – dont let guilt make you stay home.. do what you love… me personally i love being able to be at home with my son everyday, but if i had a job that i absolutely loved & couldn't do without, theres always a way to have the best of both worlds. πŸ™‚

  5. Do what is right for you and your family and don't let anything else get in the way.

  6. What a great post, and great perspective! It's such an individual decision for all, and I applaud those who find their path and follow it!

  7. Melissa Haag says:

    Nova is such a beautiful name! My daughter was an unplanned surprise, and I worked a LOT when she was little. (I'm a hairstylist) She is 13 now and I am self-employed, and able to work about 20 hours per week. That wouldn't be possible without the hard work I put in years ago. There is not 1 cookie-cutter experience that fits all for moms!

  8. This is my first time reading this series, and I love it! What a great way to highlight some awesome Mamas.

  9. Erica Bodker says:

    What a great post and awesome mom you are. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  10. spiffykerms says:

    Omg Momma and Baby are so stylish, and I love her baby's name – Nova! Haven't heard of it before. Thanks to her for sharing her honest thoughts about motherhood.

  11. What a great series! I love seeing so many inspiring woman/mama's all in one place <3

  12. Alisha H. says:

    The only time I've heard the name Nova was my college computer teacher. Her name was Nova. I like that name.

  13. Andi says:

    I think working outside the home, especially as a nurse makes you super well-rounded and an awesome mom, you are a role-model!

  14. M. Mobery says:

    Do what feels right for you. What is good for some, is toxic for others. Regardless of your choice you are a fantastic mom.

  15. Trish says:

    I think moms just have to own their decisions and not let other people get in their heads. It's the only way to live your life and live it happily!

  16. Neely says:

    This is such a great post! I will be sending this to my best friend!

  17. Those moccassins are seriously the best. <3

  18. This is something that will be effecting me when my baby arrives. In the end you have to do what's best for you and your family.

  19. You just have to follow your heart when it comes to motherhood – that momma instinct is there for a reason πŸ˜‰

  20. Alyssa says:

    SOOOO much props to moms who work/go to school. I know when I was working all I would want to do after a long day is come home and veg out… I cannot imagine all the hard work that comes from this!

  21. do what is right for your because only then would you be good for your baby and husband. happy mummy = happy house hold am told

  22. Carly says:

    Brynn is way too cute! And I totally want those moccasins, too!

  23. What a great post, so glad you're doing what works for you!

  24. This is a great story, and a good lesson for all working mama's to remember.

  25. It's crazy to me that we as women are so tortured no matter which choice we make. Stay-at-home moms feel guilty for not working. Working moms feel guilty for not staying at home. Women who choose not to have children at all feel like they're missing something crucial. We need to all give each other, and ourselves, to make our own choices and live them joyfully! πŸ™‚

  26. What a cute picture! and such a great way to get to know another mom πŸ™‚

  27. Thank you for sharing your story Brynn! Mama guilt has gotten to me over the past month returning back to work and this really helped β™₯

  28. Amby Felix says:

    What a great story and great idea for a post! πŸ™‚ I think this will be very beneficial to many mommies out there!

  29. Jordan Wise says:

    Super cute, love the idea of this post!

  30. Great post! I completely understand your point about mama guilt. I have learned to live with it and say that I give something different to my kids that a SAHM doesn't and vice versa. Great article.

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  31. I love this! It is seriously so motivational. I think many women have the same conflict – I have always wanted to be a mom but also I have always wanted to have my job. I love my job and it would be so hard for me to keep it if I were to have a baby soon (well, maybe not my boss is flexible) but I work with a 50 mile commute to LA. That means I wake up and leave before 5am and get home around 5 pm. That is so long to be away from a baby (though as a nurse, I'm sure that is your normal shift). My husband and I aren't currently preventing pregnancy but we aren't planning it either. It excites me and makes me so nervous! Thank you for sharing this perspective with me!!

  32. Les says:

    I totally get it- I love my job too, but I hate missing out on all of the sweet “firsts” that some random babysitters get to experience (but they probably won't even notice because they're busy holding other babies). It's hard being a mom. I'm with you!

  33. Sarah Woods says:

    I totally related to this. Being a working mom is hard, really hard. Especially in the blogging world where everyone seems to be a SAHM.

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