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We are two working mothers — Lauren Rose, the director of business development for Name Bubbles, and Betsy DeMars, the assistant managing editor at The Saratogian. Try as we may to be really good at both, balancing motherhood and career can get pretty messy. As professionals, work schedules and mommy schedules often collide. So, we plow through, hoping at the end of the day, our kids — Lauren's 5-year-old son and Betsy's 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter — know how much we love them.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Back to 'normal' with hubby out of the house

Today was day 2 of my husband being back at work (thanks to all of you out there who have decided to pull the trigger on getting that fence installed at your house).

So, today also marked day 2 of me running the morning show again. And I must say, it was sure nice having all that help getting the kids out the door each school day. Not only that, but my husband started some things that I won't be able to carry on in his absence.

For one thing, he started packing our son a "hot lunch" every day. For the past three months, he's been filling a Thermos with Spaghettios and soups, so my sandwiches now seem flat and boring.

He also was making pancakes and sausage, eggs and bacon and sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast. With me at the helm, those are weekend breakfasts. All the other days it's cereal, oatmeal, toast or a bagel. And get it out yourself, please. I don't have time to make a big production out of breakfast when I'm trying to get ready for work, too.

I also had been working out while my husband was packing lunches and fixing breakfasts. Now I've got to start getting up earlier again.

During the first week he was home, I really struggled -- and I think he did, too -- with which one of us was doing what to help get the kids ready for school. Who checked off on the homework? Who made sure the gym clothes were packed? Who packed the snacks and water bottles?

But, soon enough, we hit our stride. Honestly, I just let him do most of it so I could work out and get ready for work.

So, although we are definitely happy he is back at work after a long winter layoff, it was nice having him there. Back to the grind ...


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