Change. It’s a word that either elicits fear or excitement and, many times, a mixture of both. It’s also something that is talked about, a lot. In fact, you can find a few older blogs that colleagues of mine have written on change.
I recently experienced one of the biggest life changes a person can go through…the birth of my first child Emelia. Now, just about anyone with a child warns you about the ways your life will transform upon bringing a baby into the world, but I quickly learned that it is impossible to fully understand the gravity of the situation until it’s happening to you.
In addition to all of the more obvious changes that a new baby has brought on (I function on a lot less sleep and gone are the days of doing what I want, when I want), it’s also brought on a whole new juggling act at work. I naively didn’t expect work to change too much just because I was a new mom. I figured I would take my maternity leave and then jump right back into work at the same place I left off. Instead, it’s been a bit more of a challenge trying to balance a full-time job on top of exhaustion and a new baby at home. Now that I’ve been back to work for almost two months, though, I have started to find ways to not only become more focused at work, but also to make sure I’m enjoying my time with Emelia, who is growing too fast, and to also have time for myself, even if that just means enjoying a couple of hours of Netflix after we put the baby to bed.
I’ve also been trying to really focus my energy on the positives that this change has brought. For instance, even though I’m a lot more tired I get to go home to baby smiles and cuddles. What is better than that? Having a baby has also given my work a different meaning. I’ve always enjoyed my job and I enjoy being successful at it, but now I know that all the work I’m putting in during my eight- hour day is directly effecting another person, hopefully for the better.
So, although you may not have recently brought your first child into the world, and maybe the change you’re dealing with is new hours at your current position or maybe you just received a promotion, hopefully you’ll be able to accept your new normal and find the joys that change can bring.
And to all you new and repeat moms out there, you’re truly amazing. It’s hard to work a full-time job and then go home and work another full-time job by taking care of your kiddos, but what you’re doing matters and your kids will appreciate it more than you know!
Casey has been with Aureus Group since November of 2016 and currently recruits for the accounting and finance team, working the Des Moines market. She has nearly five years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in speech communication from Iowa State University. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, their two dogs, and the newest addition to her family, a baby girl born in April!