TR: What were you most surprised by in your journey?
MT: I never really had any fantasies about becoming a mom, so I genuinely had no idea what to expect or to even wonder. I continue to be amazed by the bond I have with my teeny tiny baby. It is the deepest love I’ve ever felt.
TR: You are truly a Boss Mom with your own business and now a beautiful baby boy! What did maternity leave look like for you?
How long? Was it enough? In a perfect world, how long would you have wanted to take off to be with your baby?
MT: I’ve had my maternity leave “out of office” auto-responder on my email for five months and let’s just say I’ve yet to really have any time off. I didn’t go into the office for the last few months of my pregnancy, but I still worked up until the night before I delivered. I’m still working every day, even though I’m telling people I’m not. I don’t really have that luxury as a business owner.
I now work in and out of the home (with a full-time nanny) depending on what’s going on with the business. I am exclusively breastfeeding Noah and plan to do so for a year, so I come home every 2-3 hours to either pump or feed him during the day. So far, I’m planning to have this sort of flex schedule for a year – if I need to extend it, I absolutely will.
TR: How has your day to day as a mom-prenuer changed since becoming a mom? How did you redesign your schedule? What did you take out of your life all together? What’s new on the sched that never existed before?
MT: After having Noah, I REALLY wondered what the heck I actually did all day. The days FLY BY now … MY GOODNESS! I used to wake up around 5 a.m. and get a bunch of stuff done before the workday started at 9:00 am. Today? My eyes are crossing at 5:00 am because Noah is still waking a few times a night to feed.
I also used to get home from work and basically work until I went to bed. Now I have a hard stop to my workday at 4:45 pm because I relieve the nanny at 5:00 pm. I put my son to bed every night which is the highlight of my day – we both wind down together.
I hate to admit that I’m not really exercising like I used to. I have committed to ONE day per week. That’s all I can really do until my schedule lifts some. I don’t take nearly as many in-person meetings as I used to or travel as much (last year I hit platinum on Delta, this year I may make Gold). I’m saying NO to a lot of things this year because I don’t want to leave Noah behind right now. He’s been on all but one work trip with me, and we’ve only been away from each other for two nights.
TR: Moms have different rules for sharing their babies on social media. When it comes to sharing your baby with the world, what’s your philosophy?
MT: I’m still struggling with this one. I initially didn’t want to, but then I turned into the mom that shows strangers at Starbucks pictures of the baby. I’m THAT mom! Hahaha! So, I show him from time to time in my Instagram stories and every so often on my actual Instagram. I think I’ll continue to see how I feel. If for some strange reason I stop feeling it, I’ll just stop.