Welcome to Monday Musings by Caitlin Domanico!
- A Day in the Life of a “Mom-trepreuneur”
- Pre-children, I completed my Master’s Degree in Education, started my special education teaching career and started my photography business, part-time on the weekends. Two years after I started my photography business, my first daughter, Ava came along. I stayed home from my teaching job for nine months, then returned three-days-a-week, and continued growing my business. Last July, my second daughter, Genevieve was born and I began a very long maternity leave from teaching- I have until 2015 to decide if I would like to return, pretty awesome break, huh? I have continued my photography business and though I now have a studio, I still do the bulk of my emailing, editing, and marketing from home.
My 11-month-old has never slept through the night. I do not really let her “cry-it-out” because 1) she shares a room with her sister 2) Our neighbor can sometimes hear her through the wall (townhouse living) and 3) I’m a softy. My day usually starts for good between 6:30 and 7:00am though sometimes it is earlier and sometimes it is a bit later. If I wake up on my own and G is still asleep, I sometimes race down the stairs, make some coffee, and flip open my laptop so I can get some work in before the girls wake up for the day. Sometimes this works. Other times, I sit down with my coffee and either G wakes up or a dog comes barreling down the steps ready to go outside. I let one dog out. Sit down. Big gulps of coffee. Check email. Facebook. My blog. Maybe I will edit, I think excitedly!!! I open Lightroom. The second dog comes down. My hubby usually comes down around then, and so I let the dog out, see J off to work, and then sit back down. Ahhhh, silence! WAHHHHHHHHH! G-Money is up and raring to go. Now I run up to get her before she wakes her big sister. I feed her while finishing up on the computer. On preschool days, we had to then wake Ava up and start her morning routine. Breakfast, teeth, potty, hair, get dressed, get shoes, get school bag, head out the door.
Respond to emails, work on some pictures, plan a workshop. And, the baby wants to get down on the floor to play, but the floor needs a quick vacuum. Okay darling, let’s play. Back in the car, let’s pick up big sister now. I snag a Starbucks Venti on the way back home and dream of a very productive afternoon nap time. We get home, eat lunch, G goes up to bed again. I sashay down the stairs, ready to place a print order, mail some client galleries, package usb cards that are filled with precious images, and am stopped in my tracks by two big brown eyes, sweet chubby cheeks and a huge smile as a little voice squeaks, “Mommy! Play with me!!!!!!!” Some days, I tell her to wait, so I can get some work done. Most days, she wins. She knows I will not pass up the opportunity to play, especially if she asks me enough times. Not only do I believe in the power of imaginative play, I also believe it is a gift to be home with my girls to be able to have that opportunity, and it’s a role I do not take lightly. Sometimes, we work together. She loves it, and I do, too. We package client orders together, edit while snuggling, and work at the studio together. I love that the girls will grow up watching a mom pursue her dream. Sure, dreams come with long, hard hours of work, but they are happy hours of work, which is so important! The baby comes down from her nap and we play. We witness growth, development and major milestones right before our eyes. We clap and cheer, we giggle and dance! We cook together. I check in with clients throughout the day on my phone and laptop, when I can.
My mom had a magnet with the following phrase hanging on our refrigerator, and I hear it echoing in my head on crazy days at home. The hubby comes home, we eat dinner, and get the girls ready for bed. I try to balance spending time with him and getting my work done, which sometimes is easier said than done. Work will always be there. House work with always be there. But babies do not keep. Thankfully, I am always able to get my clients their galleries and products long before their deadline ever creeps near, but I am also thankful that my work is my passion and it allows me to be home during the week with my babies, which is so incredible to me!!!! Previous Monday Musings: Accidental Entrepreneur, 5 Ways to Rock Self-Confidence, One Mom’s Breastfeeding Journey: Food Allergies, A Letter to My Darling Five-Year-Old, How to Succeed in a Saturated Business Market, A Letter to the Apple of My Eye, A Letter to My Nine-Year-Old Self: Little Brothers, The Highlight Reel of Social Media, Be Kind, Community, 8 Questions to Ask a Photographer Before Hiring Them, New Baby Survival: 9 Tips for Letting Go While Savoring Every Second