Name: Katie McFarland
Children: Ian – 21 Months
Occupation: Program Manager in a Major Health Care Company
Full Time or Part Time: Full Time
Work Location: I commute to an office
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How do you find time for everything you need to do? What falls off your radar?
Unfortunately, we can’t harvest time so I have to pick and chose. My “musts” on any given night include gym, dinner, time with E and the hubs and homework. If there’s anytime left I will blog.
Describe your childcare arrangement.
We have a retired boening engineer who watches him in his house 4 days a week and my mother in law watches him one day.
What does the word balance mean to you?
I means the ideal situation. It means “the ability to make it all work”. I don’t know if balance for me is realistic. There are days when I feel like everything is in balance and then there are days when it obviously isn’t. It’s the way our life is and we accept it.
What is your best time saving tip?
I think it’s important to, whenever possible, make dinner at home so I’ve learned to use the crockpot really well. What I don’t cook in the crockpot is healthy and easy. I don’t make anything I can’t finish in 20 min or less.
My tip: Don’t over complicate things.
What is your favorite go to meal to feed your family during the week?
Italian beef in the crockpot is great as well as Chicken Pesto with whole wheat pasta both are HUGE family favorites, are easy to make and provide great left overs for lunches.
Would you like to take a nap?
What are your top two pros and cons of being a working mom?Pros: An outlet to be challenged daily, and getting to be around adults.
Cons: Not spending the maximum amount of time with E, not getting to workout during the day.
Did you pump at work? If so, what was your experience?
Yes. I pumped 3 times a day for 9 months. At work we have “New Moms” rooms that you schedule like a meeting. It’s a great environment to pump in.
I even traveled and pumped. My work was kind enough to pay for shipping of my milk home. It was difficult but I’m glad I did it.
Do you have any advice for a new mom who is about to go back to work?
Try not to let guilt creep in. You’re doing what’s right for your family. Be proud and do your best! Show your children what a strong working mom looks like!
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