Thursday, June 16, 2011

The True Value

Recently, I worked on digital project that through me for a loop. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't something crazy, never been done before-it was actually pretty easy (or should've been). But I was trying to fit my "work" in between 1 nap (estimated-1.5 hrs), then finish after our toddler fell asleep.

Yeah, well let's just say, it took me longer than I thought -and things were bugging out a bit. The job that I originally thought I could do in 2 hrs max, took 2 days (over 2 naps, and 1 night, + 2 hrs of a sitter).

All of a sudden, I started to think about how people value the work I was doing vs. the work of watching a child. Here I was in front of a computer, changing some design elements to a website, updating content, creating a calendar -and I thought about what in my past life my work would have been billed at for this work. Seriously, way more than a Babysitter or a Nanny.

Then I thought about my own recent questions about what sitters charge these days.

So, do I value web production, marketing, etc higher than watching our daughter? NO.
Raising our daughter is the hardest, rewarding, exhausting job I've ever had. I am always tired, I'm eating food scraps (of hers btw!) off the floor, I'm cleaning 24/7, I'm always dirty.... and can't even squeeze in a small digital job in between it all. I've honestly, never worked harder and never felt so under appreciated by society. I'm not complaining. I wouldn't change it for anything. I'm just saying...

So maybe it is time I revalue the going rate of sitters, and lower my going rate any digital work.

Related: How does your country sum up with Maternity leave? I mean, doesn't this say it all in how the US values being a parent?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I'm so hungry...

BUT baby girl is sleeping (all the way on the top floor of our 3-story town house and I'm on the 1st floor) but why risk it and go upstairs to satisfy my rumbling stomach?

WHY do we feel if we stir we'll wake up the napping/sleeping baby? Why risk it, right? It's not worth it... I can eat later. Ah baby = new realization of what patience truly means!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Toddler days...

It's official - Our 17 month old is officially a toddler. I know, I know - seems like she is/was a toddler awhile back, but not for me. She was still our baby girl. But now, she's no longer breast feeding, using words (a lot), throwing yelps out there regularly, napping typically 1x a day, becoming a picky eater, getting molars, already choosing her outfits for the day (!?!?), and much more.

Everyone always tells you the first year + goes by fast, but we had no idea. Parts of me are so excited each day to see what is in store. Some parts of me are sad and miss the "baby" in our house. But all-in-all it's all pretty darn sweet - even with the toddler tantrums.