If you follow us on Instagram (if you don't you should here) many of you know that life for me (Em) recently changed and became a whole lot more beautiful. My little family of 4 (husband and 2 dogs) just became a family of 5 with the arrival of our baby boy Rein Leigh. I thought I would take a moment to share the amazing news here with all of you and also create a platform for myself to strip down and be real about becoming a new mom and work/life balance. Sorry if this is a little side tracked from our usual posts, but we love our MPRINT community and always want to share every aspect of the company in front and behind the scenes.
I'm not going to lie, even after reading the books, hearing the advice and being 'warned' that life would change in the best, but also most challenging ways, I still had a front on that I could do it all seamlessly. That they were exaggerating about the no sleep ever thing, mommy-brain, and that there aren't enough hours in the day to even get showered with a new baby. I nodded my head and said yes I can imagine things will change while still secretly thinking I could handle everything easily. Learning how to be a mom, care for my baby boy, be a great wife, take care of the dogs, design the Spring 17 collection, continue to give thoughtful energy to my other career as a corporate account manager and finally take care of myself mentally and physically. Want to know what I've done so far, and I still beat myself up over not being able to be the best at it, learning how to be a mom. I quickly realized after trying to do it all, which I still do find time slots to give myself to other things, but that given the gift of being a mom and to care for Rein at the most crucial time of his life is the most important thing of all.
That being said, listen to everyone when they tell you you won't sleep, you won't even when he does because you will just want to stare at him and make sure he is breathing or in complete awe that he's yours. Also, give yourself a break and be present in every moment. I am beyond passionate about MPRINT and the creative culture and community we try to build, but right now I have to put it down the list a few lines to focus on a few more important things and find my happy balance.