Tuesday, July 19, 2011

how i (try to) juggle it all

i met joanna (and she probably doesn't know this) when i was having one of the hardest months of adjusting to working full time with an infant at home. there were many sleepless nights and bouts of mastitis. i would go into work and snap at co-workers, i couldn't remember anything, i felt like such a mess. i was new to los angeles and had very few mother friends and so used the littlest as an outlet for my journey into motherhood.

she has been one of a handful of friends who have been influential in turning my blog from a personal love letter to elodie into an everyday life scrapbook. i wrote a post for her new 'work/life' balance series on a cup of jo that went up while i was on vacation last week. i tried to be as honest as i can about my perspective on juggling everything because mothering can be tough and feel very lonely. i was just blown away by the posts of the other mothers and, most of all, by the readers.

the ultimate thread that ran through all of the posts for me was sacrifice. we are all in this together. be kind to yourselves and one another. we are doing the best we can to make a life with our families. what else is more important?

see all of the posts here.






















image: joanna and toby 

11 comments:

  1. Really great series of posts!

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  2. oh, elizabeth, this post was so sweet and touching. you know, i had no idea you were having a hard time when i met you! i just remember you were so gorgeous and showed me photos of elodie on your phone, and i told alex in the ccab on the way home that i had a girl crush on you. later on, you were such a kind (and essential!) support to me throughout my pregnancy and first year as a mother; i remember you emailed me one day after i said how sleep-deprived i was and you wrote "you are not alone." i still remember that line. i actually think it a lot. :) i adore you!

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  3. hi elizabeth
    great post here & on a cup of jo. i saved your tips on my phone. navigating the early months now (my son was just born in april) and your thoughts about life & balance...and sisterhood as mothers feels so... right. thank-you.
    ~erica

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  4. i adored your post and agree, motherhood is a sacrifice on many levels but SO worth it.

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  5. I loved your post on a cup of jo -- and just discovered your blog. thanks so much for sharing. We moved to los angeles almost a year ago when my daughter just one month old, so your blog particularly resonates.

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  6. I loved your post on cup of jo. I also found a link to another post you wrote on another blog when my baby was 6 weeks old. It shows what state of mind I was in that I can't remember where I read the post but I remember that your phrase 'if not the mama, then who?' stuck with me and helped me find strength during those first few weeks... BTW if you could tell me where that post is I would love to send the link to a friend with a 3 week old. Laura, Uk

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  7. I loved this! I work full time also (out of the home).. its always nice to find support from other working moms.

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  8. Loved your post, and it's a great series!

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  9. you are such an inspiration, and I love how you see things and how you accept life.
    Also if you ever need someone to bounce ideas off of, I am always looking for the same, maybe we could bounce together!:)
    xo

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  10. love your blog! also, when it comes to mastitis, i've been there so many times! and then I found Lecitin- it works wonders! I take it in pill form whenever I feel the slightest clogged duct coming on. Just thought I'd share! Thanks for your post!

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