Once in a while, we get a question from a WMAG reader that seems like it would be best answered by the community at large (i.e., all you working moms out there who have such a vast array of collective experience and wisdom). So I’m throwing this one your way, and I hope you’ll come through with some helpful advice.
Marty is a new mom of an 8-week-old. She’s also a training director and travels one to four nights a week for work. She’ll be hitting the road soon for the first time since her 3rd trimester. Do you have any advice for her?
I’ll start things off. Marty, you can expect to miss that little baby like crazy. If you feel your heart physically hurting while you’re away on a trip, that is normal. Just make sure your baby is in the best possible care when you can’t be there, and then remind yourself of that frequently when you start feeling bad. Remember, wee little infants don’t know that Mom is on a business trip — they just want to be fed, changed and loved by a caregiver. So you’re the only one feeling bad. Baby will be just fine! And eventually, so will you. Just look forward to those precious moments when you’re with the baby, and savor them whenever you can.
Please leave your answers and thoughts for Marty in the comments below. Thanks!