1. Describe your job
Solicitor for a Local Authority, specialising in adult social care and court of protection
2 . What’s your journey to motherhood been like?
I was 32 when I had my first child. I was two weeks overdue and Zara ended up being born on my birthday so we share the same birthday! It was quite a traumatic birth and ended up requiring a blood transfusion. I struggled to breastfeed initially but persevered until Zara was 11 months old. I only breastfed Maytham for a shorter time (4 months).
My journey into motherhood has been exciting, difficult, challenging, finding that I have another side to me! That I am resilient and no nonsense!
3. How quickly did you go back to work and do you have any regrets ?
With my daughter, I went back after 14 months
With my son, after 10 months - I couldn’t get back quick enough
I have no regrets
4. What’s your most memorable child related incident as a WorkingMama ?
Dashing to court for work following a terrible name night sleep, during security checks at the court, a security guard finding a dirty nappy in my work bag! My response was, “I have no idea how that got there”!
5. Which WorkingMama inspires you ?
This may sound cliche but all working mums who get up whether they have had a great night sleep or who are sleep deprived, get the children ready, put their “work hat on” and put aside their emotions, anxieties etc and do a full days work, come home and then put their “mum hat on”get the food ready , homework and bed time etc and repeat this day in day out, balancing work, kids and life!!! Hats off to you all!!
6. What are your top tips for all the WorkingMamas out there ?
- don’t feel guilty about doing anything YOUR way - you are the expert when it comes to your child
- routine, routine, routine - sorry this may be controversial for some but having a strict routine with my children and working full time is the only way I can cope
- Have time for yourself