Reflections on Accomplishments and Obstacles

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Diary of a Startup | 0 comments

From January 2012:

“I can’t believe how many things I’ve accomplished. I’ve written so much and taken care of so many tasks. I feel like I’m staying organized, mostly, even though there are so many things to keep track of.

It’s hard to complete tasks sequentially. I am always working on more than one thing at once. This is because of the interruptions of daily life, and because sometimes I sometimes get bored or distracted and surf the internet for baby slings, my casual baby obsession since my I was in third trimester with Sirenita. These baby wraps are really addictive and they are made in limited quantities so you cannot just buy the one you like, you have to stalk it.

Typically, I’ll be thick in the middle of trying to write something, usually having just gotten Sirenita to take a nap for a while, and Princess will come to tell me, “Mommy, did you know caterpillars can turn into butterflies?” for the tenth time that morning. Then I’ll have to say “Hi” to her Ariel the mermaid doll. I’m pretty good at tuning it all out while I work.

I worked a lot yesterday on refining the pitch for the service. Even though it was Sunday, it was still difficult to get a second to myself. Sirenita wants to sit next to me on the couch, not play with toys. The older kids are less needy but still get jealous when they see Sirenita with me. Sirenita wants Mommy, not Daddy, so even on Sunday it’s all me. I still haven’t gotten the Terms of Service done yet. It’s long. Completing it is at the top of my list.

I’m scheduled in for a really busy rest of the month with jobs, and I can’t let this week get away from me. I’ve always got my eye on my to do list and my pacing schedule.

My goal is to begin contacting attorneys at the beginning of February.”

Reflecting back on this almost a year later, I feel like I have gotten much better at juggling everything and keeping multiple balls up in the air at once. I don’t think my kids suffer for attention. They are all still demanding. I think that is what childhood is about. Sirenita is still not weaned. I’m sure that discussing breastfeeding at all, and especially discussing breastfeeding after one year, is something that kills my “business cred” with some men, but you know what? I don’t care. It’s time to grow up about breastfeeding. Formula is not as good as breastfeeding. I’m not judging anyone for the choices they make, and my older children both got formula at various times, so  I know breastfeeding is not always possible. I’m talking about the reality of juggling being a mom with having a career (and in my case starting a business at the same time and also shifting into small firm legal practice.) I support breastfeeding as a possibility for working mothers who choose to breastfeed. That’s it. I’ve had a workplace that was very supportive about breastfeeding and allowed me to take Sirenita to work with me, and ideally I wish that were possible for all woman who would want that. Not all women want that, and that’s ok, but ideally it should be possible.

Neither of my other kids needed extended breastfeeding, and I was glad to be done breastfeeding when we were done, but Sirenita is different and she still needs it. I hope we’ll be done soon.

I still have to keep on my schedule, and I am good doing that.

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