In a previous life before children, I was a hard-working account executive for a very high-end catering company. I absolutely loved my job. I had close work friends, I was able to express my creativity, and I loved being a part of big milestones such as weddings, corporate office openings, presidential inaugural celebrations, etc.
I worked full days and then headed onsite to events in the evenings. I also worked most weekends and holidays. When my son was born I just knew that working in this field was not going to lend to being the type of mother that I wanted to be. I decided to hang up my catering hat one month before my son was born.
The transition to stay at home mom’s life was a tricky one. My income was substantial and we had to figure out how to live on my husband’s salary with a new baby on The way. I also had to figure out what my identity as if it wasn’t the successful career woman that I had been for almost a decade.
We attended library story times, baby music and gym classes and developed a really great schedule and routine. I was thriving and so was my little baby boy.
I lived that happy stay at home mom life for about five years, and through the birth of my second child, before really starting to get an itch for more. I still loved being home with my children, but I wanted something I could be proud of besides the bento box lunches that I’d do proudly pack for trips to the playground.
It allowed me to have an income again, while still being present for my children. It also gave me something to be really proud of. I call my business “my third baby.” Working from home with young children can sometimes be a challenge, but it’s something I wouldn’t trade for anything.
My children and my husband are all so incredibly proud of what I have created. I think what I love more than anything else, is that I’m now giving other women the opportunity to have what I have. Through the Center for Pediatric Sleep Management, I’m able to educate and mentor other women to start their own businesses just like my own. I can’t think of anything better!