All of a sudden, parents everywhere have found themselves working from home amidst the chaos of the Coronavirus crisis.
In the best of times, while it does present a number of challenges, working from home sounds like a dream to many.
Before my first daughter was born, I received the generous offer to work remotely for a couple of months after my maternity leave ended. I was thrilled to spend some extra time at home with my new baby!
How hard could it be? Newborns just sleep and eat, right?
As it turns out, working from home with an "attached baby" is much more difficult than you would think.
I had a hard time putting my baby down without her crying, especially for naps.
I soon found myself with a brand-new skill: Typing one-handed while nursing my child. (Ironically, I am doing just that as I type this article -- only, it's my second daughter that I'm nursing.)
Speaking of Daughter #2, she is also pretty attached to me. (Thankfully #1 is now a fairly independent almost-4-year-old who can entertain herself most of the time.) My second baby was easier to put down for naps in the beginning, but as she grew more attached to me, it started to become increasingly more difficult.
When she was 12 weeks old, my maternity leave ended and I started working remotely again.
Again, I found myself practicing the art of one-handed typing. But sometimes, I needed to get up and stretch my legs, which is when I discovered one of the many benefits of babywearing: Two-handed tying while keeping my baby happy.
Bonus: She got some extra long naps in, and I was able to chase my toddler when needed.
Working from home with an attached baby is challenging, and many of you have found yourself in this situation practically overnight.
If you are one of those moms or dads, here are a few tips to help you get through this difficult time:
- Stop and take a deep breath when things start to get crazy.
- If baby is fussy while you're on a call, ask if you can call back later.
- Do whatever you need to do, whether it's one-handed typing or babywearing.
Remember, it won't last forever. We will get through this COVID-19 pandemic, and your baby will continue to grow bigger and more independent. It will be okay.
Tonya | the Writer Mom