This week, in time for Mother’s Day, I’m so hugely honored to be a part of an iVillage feature on Work After Baby: Inspiring Stories From Inspiring Moms.
I somehow managed to sneak in at number 25 (out of 25), joining amazing women like Kathleen Sebelius, Jennifer Garner, Samantha Bee, Deborah Norville, and my new friend, the extra-amazing Kelly Wallace. Seriously. This woman is very full of amazing.
For the feature, I was asked to describe an early working mom moment, and right away it conjured up these memories of Thalia and Nate joining me on a commercial shoot, and how easily everyone jumped in to help take care of my new baby. And you know? I realized that’s one group that we don’t always thank enough.
We thank our parents, our partners, our grandparents, our sitters, our teachers. But sometimes we need to say thank you to our co-workers and colleagues; the ones who cover you when you have a birthday party to plan or have to run home for emergency stitches on your daughter’s head (that was me last night, and yes, Sage is okay). The ones who dig out their office toys on Take Your Child to Work Day. The ones who hold your Stella while you get the baby back in the Bjorn–or the ones who hold the baby while you focus on your Stella.
Really Hallmark, get on the ball. If there’s a Sweetest Day and a Flag Day, there can certainly be a Thank Your Co-Worker Who Wiped Your Baby’s Puke Off the Conference Table While You Ran to Get More Wipes Day
If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now–thank you Mike and Anne and Melissa and Ann. Thank you Gretchen and Kurt. I remember that trip fondly.
And thank you Frank. I still think you should have been our holiday card that year.
These are the things that happen when you have a theme park for a client.
Do you working moms–sorry…go-to-work moms/work-out-of-the-house-moms/ office-monkey moms–have any great stories about your early days of getting back to the grind?