I’m expecting baby #2 in August and couldn't be more excited!! But, balancing babies and business is something that I struggled to even comprehend when I was pregnant with my first child, Nora.
Photos of Nora and I hanging out by the amazing Lisa Landrie!
I was really nervous and anxious about how I was going to handle it all. I could not comprehend how I was going to take care of a PERSON and run a business that needs 40+ hours of my attention a week. I had no idea how I was going to do it, I really didn’t.
When Nora was born, I ran Lux Events out of my home with very little support during business hours. I cared for Nora 100% of the time up until she was 9 months old and still ran a growing business.
I remember feeling every day that I was being pulled in 10 different ways. I would monitor my email constantly (not healthy at all) because I didn’t want my valued clients to think they weren’t my first priority. My heart would skip a beat when I’d see an email or a call come in that I knew I couldn’t answer right away. I hold my business at a very high standard and vowed to never answer a business call when Nora was awake because I couldn’t risk my clients hearing a baby squeal or coo. So, I juggled. As many women entrepreneurs and mothers know, getting work done when your clients are expecting to hear from you between the hours of 9-5 is hard. I tried everything: emailing while pushing a stroller, driving until Nora was asleep, then ducking out of my car in -20 to make a call. You name it, I probably tried it.
I could hire a nanny to help me out during the first 12-18 months (before the baby is old enough to go to daycare), but it is important to me to be around our baby during this time. So, before we became pregnant with baby #2, I told myself I needed a better plan and I’d get some help if I expected myself to continue to run my business at the rate it was growing. I worked really hard to grow Lux Events so I could hire planning support. Last year, I hired my first full-time employee and moved out of my home office into our awesome office at The Two Twenty. I’ve since hired another full-time employee and have numerous contracted staff. This amazing Lux Events team is a key part of bringing baby #2 into the world. Here are some things that I’ve put in place and will commit to doing once Baby Timmerman #2 arrives:
1. Only Answer Emails from your Computer. I know it’s tempting to answer an email at 2am from your phone when you’re sitting and nursing but it’s not likely to be your best or well-crafted email. Wait until the morning. Trust me.
2. Find unique ways to multi-task: I will carve out hours in my day for my staff and clients, and hours out of my day for my family. Newborns also sleep a lot, but love to be held. Carriers are a must. I remember doing an entire event set up with Nora in a carrier and she slept for about 3.5 hours. It was glorious and I discovered it a bit late in the game.
3. It takes a village. I’m looking forward to seeing my team grow and take on new responsibilities. I also have the support of my husband, Brent, who with Nora would come home from work often so I could go to meetings.
4. It’s okay to get help. I’ve planned ahead as well as I can and I have hired a babysitter to come in 2-3 times a week for a few hours a day so I can duck out to meetings with clients or the Lux Events Team.
Some things just might not ever change. I’m a business owner, and am ultimately responsible for the success of each event and the livelihood of my staff. As they say in the industry, "you're only as good as your last event" and so I know it’s not going to be smooth sailing, but I completely trust my staff and that everything will be taken care of to my high standard while I’m cutting my hours back. It’s a great feeling and I’ve worked very hard to get here!
I’d love to hear from you. Are you in the same boat? How have you handled being a new mom and working at the same time?
Thanks for reading my first ever OCM blog. I’m so honoured to be a part of this group!