Friday, February 10, 2012

Working Mom

I linked up with Kelly's Korner Working Moms post. It's pretty obvious that my blog is lacking serious personality, especially with no "about me" page, but that will come soon. I promise.

In the meantime...I'm Barbara, the author of Town and Country Mom. Welcome!

I'm 28, married to E. J. and we are first time parents to our 21 month old daughter, Kathryn.
Summer 2011
Whether you work outside of the home or not, being a mom is no joke. If you are a reader of my blog, it's a lot about the happenings of our life as told by me, a mom who works outside of our home.

I work in higher education and really enjoy the field that I'm in. Although, it happened a little by accident. I needed to work while I was in graduate school and thankfully was hired by a college so I could support myself while going to school. It didn't take long, but I realized that higher education is the field that I really want to be in and have been in for the last 6 years.

Being a stay-at-home mom wasn't in the cards for me (especially with students loans from grad school). It was definitely hard to accept at first as I had always imagined I would be able to stay at home.

We are very lucky that E. J.'s mom has been able to watch Kathryn and will do so until this fall when she will start going to "school". That has been a tremendous blessing!

The day to day routine can be incredibly exhausting! E. J. and I try to car pool when we can so we leave the house at 6:50 a.m. each day, drop our sweet girl off at her grandma and grandpa's house and then head "into town" as the country folks call it (hence Town and Country Mom). We have a 70 mile round trip drive to work, so if we can carpool, it's definitely more economical.

I drop E. J. off at work (since he's in law enforcement, he has his own patrol car during the day) and then I work 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m., pick him up, and then we head home to pick up Kathryn.

I don't usually get to sit down until at least 8 p.m. after I cook dinner, give K a bath, make lunches, etc. (Don't be fooled, E. J. isn't sitting around during this time - there are always chores galore to be done). All of those things are followed and intermingled with spending some quality time with Miss K and then it's time for a nighttime story. After she's in bed, it's time for us to between doing laundry, setting out my outfit for the next know, all that "fun" stuff. Of course, catching up on my DVR'd TV shows are top priorities too!

At times I'm a little overwhelmed with the balancing act, but if being a mom who works outside of the home means I get to come home to this face each day, well, then I'm good with that.
And, I'm totally okay with skipping cleaning the house if it means more precious time with Kathryn.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Your commute would kill me and hearing it makes me that much more grateful mine. I agree wholeheartedly about skipping on the cleaning if it means more time with my kiddos and husband.

  2. Found you through Kelly. I love to read about others working experiences and we are all in this together!!

  3. Being a mom really IS "no joke!" True words. Here from Kelly's. Nice to "meet" you.