Those early days of motherhood can be made oh-so-much better by good friends going through it with you. Heidi’s Evan was three weeks old when she connected with Meg Collins, an ever-so-slightly more experienced mom with 9 week old Lucie. Meeting for lunch before heading to their first mom’s group, they connected over a love of inappropriate humor and the horrors of spit up, poop, and sleepless nights. They survived and thrived all while watching their kids become buddies.
And in the years that followed, oodles of new moms have all benefitted from having Meg in their lives, too, via her genius idea: Lucie’s List. Meg publishes a website, newsletter as well as ebooks to help first-time moms prepare for the arrival of their baby and survive the first year. She’s also the mom of two children, Alice (2 years old) and Lucie (4.2475 years old, approximately, but as Meg noted, who’s counting). Lucie is in preschool and Alice is in a nannyshare four days a week, which translates to her driving them around all day. Subsequently, she works four days a week as well, from 10-3, which as we all know, is never enough time. Finding enough time is her, and probably a universally, biggest challenge.
Here’s what Meg had to say about being a SpitfireMom.
How does being a mom influence your work?
Being a mom is what inspired me to change my career from a high-pressure Real Estate Development job. After my first was born, I knew I could never go back to my stressful, full-time job and still be around for her as well.
I have much more patience and don’t get upset by trivial things. Which is good because between the kids being sick, me being sick or our nanny being sick, I feel like the stars have to align in order for me to actually be able to work a day in the Wintertime, ha!
Do you talk about your kids at work?
My kids are part of my business, quite literally. They are the basis for the content I create and the posts I write. For example, we’re going through potty training. Hey, I need to write about that! I just hope they don’t look back several years from now and resent me for discussing every aspect of their private lives with the whole wide world, LOL.
We know a SpitfireMom like Meg has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:
Getting out of the house in the morning is always tough, as there are a million things that need to be done. I try to make their lunches the night before when I’m cleaning up for dinner. I also try to pick out their clothes for the next day and get everything organized so morning time can be more enjoyable and less stressful. I also try to stick to the exact same routine every morning and keep close track of time.
What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?
I still haven’t figured out how to get any time to myself. With the high cost of every hour of childcare, I feel an intense pressure to work during that time instead of doing something for me. I don’t even want to go grocery shopping during work hours, so we all go together after I pick them up [not fun]. I keep telling myself this will get easier as the kids get older, right? [just say yes]
And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out your expecting, Meg says:
Managing an online business of your own is an amazing career for any mom. You get to make your own schedule and call all the shots. I love having the flexibility of staying home with my kids when they are sick, for example. I answer to no one because it’s all on me. On the downside, it’s all on me; if I don’t get the job done, I don’t get paid. It cuts both ways, but generally it’s a perfect career for a mom.
From all of us who’ve leaned on Lucie’s List, or in Heidi’s case on Meg herself, or who’ve seen a newly pregnant girlfriend exhale with relief knowing there’s good, smart, funny information out there, here’s a salute to the support Meg provides. For keeping it real and for making it work, and for keeping us in the know, we thank you, Meg!
Julie & Heidi
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