Friday, October 11, 2013

Working Moms Unite!

If you're over from Kelly's Korner, then welcome! I'm excited to be connecting today with other working moms across the interwebz. It seems like in the social circles I frequent, that the SAHM is the glorified, superior form of a mom, but not all of us have the luxury of staying at home... or the desire to stay at home. And that is OHHH-KAY. I adore being a mom to my son and I love my job!

If you are new to this corner of the blogosphere, here's a quick little pinch of info about me:
I'm a mom AND I'm a Labor & Delivery nurse and I love it! I've been a nurse since 2006 and specifically in L&D since 2007. I couldn't see myself being as happy or fulfilled in any other realm of nursing - I seriously adore being an L&D nurse. It is exciting and fast-paced and heartwarming and sometimes devastating. Every day, I get to be an integral part in a family's most exciting and life-changing days. It's an honor, really. Each day is completely different with unique patients and challenges. Aside from simply laboring patients, I also get to work in the OR when there's a c-section, and I get to flex my triage muscles when patients come in with various pregnancy-related complaints. I work at a hospital in Corpus Christi that delivers around 300 babies per month. I've worked at hospitals that deliver twice as many and at hospitals that deliver a fraction of that amount. No matter the pace, it's all the same goal: healthy mom and healthy baby.

Of course, being a mom who works outside the home has it's downsides. Because we don't put my son in daycare (except for mother's day out when it's offered), I really only work on the days my husband is off. And I'm home on the days he is at work. Sometimes it feels like we're "two ships passing in the night." Because of this, I've become very protective of our family time. Then of course, it absolutely hurts my heart to leave before my son wakes up and get home after bedtime. A day will come where I will miss an important holiday because I'm working. Shift work is just not family friendly.

It's such a trade-off being a working mom. On both sides of the coin (SAHM vs Working Mom) there are big sacrifices. For me, I don't see it as trading "time with my son" for "money and prestige." (prestige and nursing? that's a laugh.) Being a nurse is almost as much of a ministry as being a loving momma and wife! It really is exceptionally difficult to spend the day apart from my little guy, and at the same time, I really do feel proud of my contribution to our family. I hope my son grows up to see both his father and mother working hard to provide a nice life for him. With God's grace, I surely hope to be both an awesome mom AND an awesome labor & delivery nurse.


April said...

I have a nurse in my family so I know about the long shifts and I'm amazed that people can work those kind of days. I know I could not do it. Yay for L&D though! You guys are amazing!

Erin Hern said...

Hopping over from KK's. I agree with you. Not everybody has the luxury or desire to SAH. I love my job but I do miss some things with my kids. It's a trade off. My husband works shift work so I know what it's like to be ships passing in the night.

Thanks for sharing!

Andrea @ The Dawley Fam said...

I love connecting with working moms, new follower from Kelly's Korner! I am also bery protective of our family time. I bet it's hard not seeing your hubby very often, but you are so lucky you don't have the daycare expense! My girls go to my mom's house and MILs house on the days I work and it's such a blessing!

Cathy's World said...

I was a SHAM. I loved every minute of it. Now, my daughter is and she loves it too! She is a great mom! Looking back now, I wish I had gone to school and became a nurse. I always wanted too. You are not any less of a mom because you work. I think L&D is such a rewarding job.

I think your child is so lucky to have a mom that wants more for her family!!! Kudos to you!!!!

Sarah Bolynn said...

I'm visiting from Kelly's Korner. I'm a mom and NICU nurse (full-time) so I know exactly where you're coming from! I'm thankful for great L&D nurses--y'all are irreplaceable!

Nikki said...

I'm here from Kelly's Corner! But I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to find your blog! There is a special place in heaven for nurses, L&D and pediatric ICU nurses in particular. I think that being a working parent is important because, in addition to providing for your family, you have the responsibility to model for your children good work habits and ethics. Thank you for sharing!

Rachel said...

Great post :) I love that you are so passionate about being Isaac's mommy and your job. I taught before I had Maggie and I frequently tell people that I think teaching is the hardest job in the world....only behind nursing! It's a thankless job, but one that is SO important and valuable. Thank you for doing it with your whole heart!

Mallory Knight said...

Great post! I am a mom to a 5-year-old little boy and step-mom to 2 grown stepdaughters (1 of which is T1DM and expecting, so would you say a prayer for her please?). I work full-time as a PCT in an ER, and I'm also enrolled in nursing school. To say my plate is full would an understatement. Ha! I tried the whole "stay-at-home mom" thing for 10 months and I thought I would go crazy. Don't get me wrong-I love and adore my family, but staying at home just wasn't for me. I love meeting new people and the feeling of contributing to society. Between my husbands schedule and mine, we somehow make it work.

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