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From career girl to juggle mum

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I think that moment when you first realise that you are going to be a mum is one of the life events that is burned into your memory, along with the actual birth of course! I’ll never forget the night I peed on a stick to learn that I would be a mum, and my life had changed forever.

I was a career girl, working in PR for big business but I was about to become a juggling mum… and I had no idea what that meant! This is the story of my own transition from career girl to juggle mum! As someone who likes to be organised, I try to prepare myself for most things in life. I anticipate what I think I am going to need to have or know and skill myself up so I can do the task. I feel in control when I know what’s coming and that I’m ready for it.

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I approached the task of impending motherhood just like I would any other. I read books and magazine articles, I watched TV shows about parenthood and birth, I decorated the nursery and I went shopping! I was the first of my friendship group to have a baby so I couldn’t turn to them for advice, and I hadn’t made any ‘mum friends’ yet, but I was happy with my own research and felt prepared.

As a smart and efficient modern mum, it makes sense to get your house in order before the baby arrives, because once the little bundle is here, there won’t be as much free time! There are the obvious things to sort such as stocking up on nappies, packing a hospital bag and buying a pram, then there are the less obvious but just as important jobs like arranging life insurance and making a will.

Smart Insurance, known for their life insurance quotes have published an interactive ‘New Baby Checklist‘ that outlines the essentials for new parents and includes tips from mum bloggers who’ve been there and worn the t-shirt! It also gives you an idea of what sort of financial outlay is involved with childbearing. The tips are shared on a timeline starting from the first trimester of pregnancy right through to what you need to consider after the baby arrives.

If you are about to have your first child, then all I’d say is enjoy this time of anticipation as you will look back on it fondly. Try to take as many photos as you can, both of how you look now and of the new baby because you will love being able to go back to those chubby cheeks and remember how it was then – both yours and the baby’s! I know it isn’t easy to get loads of photos when you have everything else going on – we were bought a clock for our son’s christening gift that had a space for his photo next to each of the numbers so 1 is the child at one month old, 4 is the child at 4 months etc. This clock has photos of the first three months of my son’s life then there is a big gap and we don’t get round to doing another photo until he reaches 11 months! So it is easier said than done, but I do adore looking back on the photos I have of the children and seeing how much they’ve changed.

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Becoming a mother is a huge transition and you can certainly get prepared on a practical level – use the checklist linked to above to get started! But nothing prepares you for the overwhelming love you feel for your baby. To look at them and know ‘I did that’. If you have another child, it is pure magic to watch them play together, interacting, and knowing that these two human beings exist because of you. If you enjoyed this post you may also like Roots and Wings and Since the day you were born which explains what my children have taught me about motherhood.

Have you got anything to add to this checklist from your experience? Let me know in the comments!

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Comments to From career girl to juggle mum

  • I was always a stay-at-home mum, and left my job to do so. I never went back to work, instead deciding to start my own business 🙂

    Michelle 11th May 2016 11:47 am Reply
    • I love to hear about other women’s journeys!

      Nadine Hill 12th May 2016 2:35 pm Reply
  • I found the transition from Business Woman to Mum really hard. I tried to run my home like a business and it took a long time to realise that babies do not like control freaks!

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 11th May 2016 2:51 pm Reply
    • haha – great comment! Thanks!

      Nadine Hill 12th May 2016 2:37 pm Reply
  • I have never been a big career person, but I imagine it must be quite a culture shock to go from fulltime job to motherhood!

    Lucy Dorrington 11th May 2016 6:41 pm Reply
    • It sure was. But a welcome one!

      Nadine Hill 12th May 2016 2:37 pm Reply
  • I always thought that my career will be on the first place but all changed when I become a mother. I do miss my office job sometimes but there’s nothing better than being with my girls though.

    Otilia Stocks 13th May 2016 8:31 am Reply
    • It’s amazing how your priorities shift after babies come along!!

      Nadine Hill 13th May 2016 1:55 pm Reply
  • I’m really lucky as I have a great job that balances really well with being a Mum but I did find it hard at first and felt so pulled by each part of my life. Being a Mum is so much harder than I expected it to be but so much more rewarding too x

    Cass@frugalfamily 13th May 2016 10:11 am Reply
    • Absolutely agree Cass. I’m glad you have a job that works for you.

      Nadine Hill 13th May 2016 1:54 pm Reply
  • We don’t have children and both have quite full on jobs, so it would be a huge change for either of us.

    Stephen 16th May 2016 10:55 am Reply
    • Thank you for commenting, it’s nice to get a male perspective on the post.

      Nadine Hill 16th May 2016 11:40 am Reply
  • My biggest tip is take loads of photo;s and write down all the little things / quirks – you soon forget them even if you think you will remember forever

    Kara Guppy 16th May 2016 8:36 pm Reply
    • That is a BRILLIANT tip Kara – you think you will remember but time has a way of making us forget stuff and photos are lovely to look back on.

      Nadine Hill 17th May 2016 12:30 pm Reply
  • Wow your daughter made me jump (on that swing), she really does have your smile!

    Penny A Residence 16th May 2016 10:46 pm Reply
    • She is a mini me, but with less patience! I expect she will mellow as she gets older – I did!

      Nadine Hill 17th May 2016 12:31 pm Reply
  • I’ve never really had a career, jobs, yes, career, no. I always wanted to be a mum more than anything so I was happy to leave the factory and become a stay at home mum 🙂

    Shell Louise 18th May 2016 8:47 am Reply
    • That’s lovely that you are doing what you always wanted to do! x

      Nadine Hill 20th May 2016 9:07 am Reply
  • My career went away when my first girl was born but I’ve since ended up doing a variety of interesting jobs helping others which I’d never have known existed. Change can be a good thing. You’re right about never having free time when you have children though 🙂

    Steph Curtis (@stephc007) 18th May 2016 10:49 am Reply
    • Life takes us places that we never expected or could imagine when we start out but I think that uncertainty about our path can yield amazing things, if we allow ourselves to be taken with the flow.

      Nadine Hill 20th May 2016 9:09 am Reply
  • Juggle is such an appropriate term – I have ever managed to get the balance right yet, maybe one day I will!! I am now thinking of re-training to a different career now my youngest is at school – but is so hard to know what is right!

    Sonya Cisco 19th May 2016 10:18 am Reply
    • That sounds exciting Sonya, a whole new path for you. I think the art is in the juggle. No-one ever gets it just right but we try to keep as balanced as possible. It’s not always easy though.

      Nadine Hill 20th May 2016 9:14 am Reply

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