My First Year As A Mom | Kat Callaghan
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Kat has shared her first year as a Mom and you will be one of the first to see baby Jaclyn’s first year photo shoot!
I did it! I survived the first year of being a Mom! …Only 17 more years of responsibility to go! 😉
It Takes A Village To Raise A Child
There is no way in one article I can really explain what the last year has been like. I’m officially in the ‘working mama’ club and I have to say I am loving it. I often get asked about how I am able to do everything I do in my working life and still have energy to do all the ‘Mom’ work, too. Here is the secret (that isn’t actually a secret at all) it really does takes a village.
Let’s start off with why I decided to go back to work 3 months after having Jaclyn. Some people don’t get it. And that’s okay because they don’t have to. I took 4 months from my morning radio gig in total and my husband (who is the most amazing father ever) took the majority of the paternity leave, which was just over 8 months. Yes, I received some questions and even some judgement when I went back to work 3 months after Jaclyn was born. However, it was by far the greatest decision for us as a FAMILY. The key is figuring out what works best for you as a unit.
Paternity and Maternity Leave | First Year as A Mom
If Mom staying home is the best thing, fantastic! If it’s splitting the leave, great! If you decide to take a leave together simultaneously (and yes that is a thing), do it! Either way, I just hope people take the time to consider all of the options. Having him home was amazing. Keep in mind my situation is different than most. I get up at 3am for work but I am usually home by 10:30am. I have a home studio if need be, and I don’t need to stay at the office all day. That meant every day my husband was home meant more time for the 3 of us to be together as a family (4 when you count our beautiful Aussie Shephard, Leo.)
I realize I don’t have to share and explain my reasons with anyone – none of us do. However, part of my job does include sharing a bit of my personal life with my listeners and I am okay with that. I would rather use my own example to start a conversation then say nothing at all.
The Whole Family Helps!
As of May, the hubby was back to work (sad day for us) and as I said in the beginning, it takes a Village! Enter my Mom and Dad. They are the most incredible humans I know. And I am not just saying this because it’s the obligatory thing you are supposed to say about loving parents – I truly mean it. Get this, they look after all four of their grandchildren 5 days a week. My mom isn’t just a grandmother (or Babs, as the kids lovingly call her) she is also an Early Childhood Educator.
She worked in the School board for many years and ran a very successful daycare for over a decade before she decided it was time to close that chapter and put all of her experience and training to good use: her Grandkids. My Dad (Pops, they call him) is right there with her. We are all so lucky to be so close to one another, and I’m so thankful my daughter has her 3 cousins to hang with every day.
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Jaclyn is the Cutest!
Now if I could…can I get to Jaclyn and talk about how cute she is!? This girl stole my heart the second I laid eyes on her, and she continues to steal my heart on a daily basis. She’s a very spunky and energetic girl with a sense of humor that I never knew a 1-year-old could have! She is already showing an interest in dolls and fashion, and she is obsessed with all kinds of music… as long as she can dance to it! We have a dance party almost every night. She is sweet and sassy and makes us laugh constantly. It’s pretty amazing that I get front row seats to watch her grow and become the person she was meant to be in this world. For now though, I will hold on to the little moments, the giggles, snuggles and kisses. If this year is any indication… this will all go by way too fast.
Read about Kat’s birth story!