The Double Edge Sword of Being a Mompreneur
There's no such thing as a supermom. We just do the best we can. -Sarah Michelle Gellar
I walked into Tiller & Rye, a grocery store owned by two women and made my way to the cafe to order one of their delicious breakfast sandwiches. My heart melted when I saw a 10 week old baby girl laying in a stroller while her mom worked feverishly to get her task done before the demands of the baby were announced to her and the whole store. It took me back to the days when I would bring Dorian to the restaurant. I would put him down with some toys scattered around and then it felt like someone had fired the gun and I was off to the races. I knew when the baby fussed, it was game over. All the momentum was killed to attend to the little one, never knowing if I could return to the task at hand in a timely manner.
I stuck up a conversation with her about the realities of owning a business and being a mom. I didn’t bring Dorian with me to work for 3 weeks, by the recommendation from my OB. She told me she took a full 4 weeks off and said she consciously stayed home with her littlest one. She delighted as she told me about Saturday’s when her husband was home and she could come to work without a baby in tow! The feeling resonated with me.
As soon as we got home from the hospital, I nursed Dorian, left my husband in charge, and drove down to the restaurant to check on things. I was a sore, exhausted, hormonal mess whose boobs had bled while breastfeeding, but I missed being at work! I’d been a mom for 3 days and I needed to return to my comfort zone!
Takeaway: We are lucky to have our children with us at work! But the reality of the situation is although it's amazing to snuggle our children whenever, it can be a great challenge to balance what we need to accomplish with business ownership and motherhood. Dorian playing while I worked