NAME: LAUREN FORSYTHE
JOB TITLE: VETERINARY PHARMACIST
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: HORSEBACK RIDING/CRICUT CRAFTS
MiMi: How many children do you have? What are their names and ages?
Lauren: I have one son named Paxton who will be 1 tomorrow (12/31).
MiMi: What struggles do you face as a working mom? How have you been able to cope with these challenges?
Lauren: Time and mom guilt are my biggest struggles. I’ve made a point of planning everything and focusing on tasks with “power hours”. That helps me get the most done during limited time. I also utilize all available time like time spent waiting. The mom guilt part… I’m still working on, so I don’t have great tips for that.
MiMi: What does a typical day look like for your household?
Lauren: We all get up around 5:45ish. Paxton and my husband (John) play in our bedroom/bathroom while I get ready for work. Then I take Paxton and get him breakfast while John gets ready for the day. While Paxton is feeding himself I pack my lunch, make coffee and grab a breakfast to go. After Paxton eats, I get him dressed and brush his teeth. Then I may have a few minutes to play with him before leaving for work at 7:15. John stays home with Paxton during the day. He takes care of the household to-do list which includes all the random tasks and errands that need to be done. He also cooks dinner. I get home at 6:20 and play with Paxton for a few minutes. If Paxton hasn’t eaten yet, I feed him dinner. Then I give Paxton a bath, a bedtime story, and a bottle and put him to bed around 7 pm. Once Paxton is in bed, I shower and get into PJs while John finishes cooking dinner. We eat dinner and I work on my blog or a craft project or we watch something on TV. We go to bed between 9:30 and 10.
MiMi: Describe what a perfect day would be like for your family?
Lauren: A perfect day is one where my son is happy and gets enough sleep so that he’s in a good mood. A perfect day would also involve me getting home from work an hour or two earlier so I had more time to play with Paxton. In general, though, our schedule works and I like my career, so I don’t have too many complaints.
MiMi: If you had 1 piece of advice to offer a working mom what would it be?
Lauren: Focus on the positive of being a working mom. How you look at it, makes a big difference. I wrote this post a few weeks ago as I was thinking about why I like being a working mom despite the challenges it comes with https://scarymommy.com/reasons-love-being-working-mom/
MiMi: Thank you, Lauren, for being a part of my working mom Series!
Lauren: Thanks for including me, and best of luck to all working moms!