Well howdy there. Long time no see. The past two and a half months have been quite eventful here.
First up, just in case you haven’t met your quota of geekiness for the day, may I present the following announcement:
Yep, our family is about to boldly go into the new territory of having three kids.
Three kids three and under. We are trying not to hyperventilate too much over that last thought.
We are going to wait to find out the sex of the baby, but I have a gut instinct that this baby is going to be a relatively calm little girl. It would be nice for Ana to have a little sister who is so close to her in age. Both kids are really excited and like to talk to the baby throughout the day. We are almost half-way through the second trimester!
This pregnancy has been a real bear. Morning sickness worse than my first two pregnancies . . . combined, migraines at least once a week, and restless leg syndrome. Unfortunately, this pregnancy also brought with it a recurrence of severe ante-natal depression and anxiety. I feel like we are finally getting the situation under control, and my mood is much more stable now.
One of the main reasons I am doing much better is . . .
Nathan and I have started our own business together!
It has been so wonderful to be able to work together the past two months. We have long dreamed about owning our own company together, and it has been very exciting to make this a reality.
In college, Nathan wrote his thesis on how the “traditional” model of the male as the sole breadwinner of the family, while the mother stayed home to take care of the children, is a recent phenomenon. For most of human history, families worked together on the farm or in the workshop.
While we have only been doing this over the past two months, thus far it seems so much more balanced for Nathan and I to have the occupational sphere integrated into our family life together. It gives me a chance to develop and exercise talents outside of childcare, as well as much needed intellectual stimulation and social interaction; it also means that Nathan has more flexible working hours and can be around for more family meals, or to connect with the kids for a few minutes during the day.
I have enjoyed learning how to write contracts, retainer agreements, invoices and most of all client meetings. One of my favorite parts has been getting to see firsthand my husband’s talents in action, from his ability to engage with people to turning out top-notch proposals for various companies with diverse needs.
Another bonus is getting to meet and serve wonderful business owners in our community, whom we would not have otherwise encountered. People seem to really appreciate that we are a husband-wife run small business.
We are still figuring out how to juggle the ins and outs of running a home based business with two toddlers and a challenging pregnancy thrown into the mix, but it has been worth every crazy minute.
So that is what is new in this neck of the woods. Anybody have any tips for successfully juggling a home business and little one’s? I would love to hear them!