The Legend of Big Foot – My Working While Pregnant Shoe-mergency

Notice:  I must warn you that the photo included with this post is intended for mature audiences.  The feet shown are my actual feet and are indicative of a 50+ lb weight gain during my pregnancy.  The story of these big feet is true and thankfully all involved are still living to tell the tale today.

I was looking through some old photos the other day and stumbled upon a file folder named “Pregnancy”.  Since they were shown in date/time order, I could see the progression of my pregnancy unfold right before my eyes.  Kind of like those little drawings you do at the bottom of a flip book to make the stick man dance and jump, I could see my body morphing into what would become the mother of a 10lb 2oz baby boy.  Granted, the saggy abs that I have today are evidence that something major had happened in my past but I forget what my body had really gone through in those ten months of pregnancy (please correct people who say it’s only nine…forty weeks = 10 months!) Continue reading

My Day As a Stay At Home Mom…Fail

Last week my son was sick so I stayed home from work with him.  I had such grand visions of all the things that I would accomplish on my day as a stay at home mom.

I have always fancied that if I stayed at home my house would be so clean and I’d be so fit and cute all the time.  Maybe I’d wear a little black track suit to go pick my son up from school (with Starbucks in hand) after my book club at Barnes and Noble.   I’d also work on volunteering at the school and Fridays would be the day I ran copies for teachers in the workroom.  On those days I’d wear skinny jeans and a hip scarf with some jewelry I got from my neighbor who sells Silpada.  Scary how detailed the fantasy was. Continue reading

Out Visitin’ on Sunday: The Cynical Girl

I must admit that I’m a little nervous about telling you to go check out http://thecynicalgirl.com/.  Not because you won’t like it but because I’m not sure if the author, Laurie Reuttimann, will rip me a new one for sending you there.  Let me explain…

This isn’t the sweet little HR lady you know from your workplace who takes in your paperwork to adjust your W-2 when you add a dependent.  I can’t imagine Laurie doing anything with HR paperwork except using it for toilet paper! Continue reading

I Gotta Have Faith – Working Your Real Hours

In my workplace I am an oddity.  Here’s a few reasons why:

  1. I’m just odd.  As a creative, outgoing person I am outside the norm of my introverted engineery co-workers.
  2. I’m female.  Probably 85% – 90% of the workforce in my organization of 5,000+ is male.
  3. I work a reduced work schedule at a reduced salary.  (Insert sound of a co-worker spitting out their coffee at the horror of this thought) Continue reading

Pregnancy Discrimination Grows Like a Baby Bump – Not Good America!

Just read a  interesting (and depressing) post from Time about pregnancy discrimination.    Once again, I’m trying not to call foul and be the victim but come on.  As always, there are two sides to every story and no doubt maternity benefits are a weight on employers.  But how is it that other countries have figured it out?  Read the article here http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/16/pregnant-at-work-why-your-job-could-be-at-risk/ Continue reading

Out Visitin’ on Sunday: Clumsy Crafter

Went out visiting today and took a look at the Clumsy Crafter http://www.clumsycrafter.com/.  Things I like about Bobbie and her blog:

  1. She’s local.  Give it up for H-Town!
  2. She’s normal which helps real people like me feel like they have a chance at being creative.
  3. She loves her family.
  4. Oh yeah, and the crafts are super cool!

Go visit Bobbie today and spend some time getting to know her and her family.  Get some great ideas while you’re there and be inspired.

Have a great week!


It’s Not All About the Money, Right? Moms earn up to 14 percent less than women who don’t have children

Usually my radio is tuned to NPR and I listen to it every day during my commute to and from work.  I really enjoy it and there are some days where I just sit in the parking lot at work while I’m getting all teared up over a Story Corps story.  Contrast that with the fact that the most played song on my iPod is “Peter Piper” by Run DMC and you’ll understand a little more about what makes me tick.

Anywho… I didn’t get to hear this interview live but I ran across it on the web.  The Wage Gap Between Moms, Other Working Women : NPR.  In this interview host Michel Martin discusses the gap between working mothers and other working women with University of New Mexico  economist Kate Krause; Dina Bakst of A Better Balance, a workplace rights organization; and Dawn Porter, founder of Trilogy Films and a mother of two. Continue reading

Out Visitin’ on Sunday: Working Mom Journal

I’ve heard stories of the good old days when Sundays was the day the family went out visitin’.  They’d jump in the car (or buggy I guess) and head down the road to visit family and friends they hadn’t seen in a while.

I decided to go out visitin’ today and I stopped by this morning to visit Blessing at Working Mom Journal.  I love what she’s doing on her blog with great career advice balanced with thoughts on parenting.  What amazes me is how she gets everything done!  Works full time, goes to school, gives 100% to being a wife and mother AND takes time to write a blog!  Whew!  I need a nap just writing a sentence about it.  The great thing is that she does it all with honesty and humanity.

So, if you’d like to get motivated about your own life through reading about what’s possible for other working moms out there, check out Working Mom Journal.  Tell Blessing that the Maternity Leave Coach sent you.

Oh, and if you’re doing some web visitin’ today, comment here with what sites you checked out and would recommend.

Maternity Leave Book Club – Good Reads Before You Return to Work

If only I were Oprah I could really make a Maternity Leave Book Club happen.  Actually, if I were Oprah I wouldn’t waste time with a book club.  I’d pay people to write books about me and then have William Shatner read them back to me while trained pandas massage my feet.  (Jealousy is a form of flattery right?  I got no beef with Oprah). Continue reading

LOVE this blog – Liberating Working Moms

For those of you who are regulars or if this is your first visit (of many, right?), I hope you’ve been enjoying my dabbling in the blog world.  If I was super smart, extremely witty and disciplined to post quality content on a regular schedule I’d be just like Liberating Working Moms.  Seriously, they are so good.

At first it kind of makes me think I should just hang up my keyboard and set my homepage to automatic forward to their blog.  Then I say, “No – they are inspiring.  They encourage me to keep going!”

Please still follow me here at www.maternityleavecoach.com AND check out their blog http://liberatingworkingmoms.com/ too.

Here are two of my favorite posts they’ve done recently:

Attention Co-Workers, I’m Pregnant Not Helpless

Working Mom or Mom Who Works?

And if anyone at Liberating Working Moms is reading this, hope I didn’t creep you out.  Just wanted to throw some props your way!