Monday, June 15, 2009

Working Mom

My name is Brandi Fordyce, and I am the assignments editor for both KTAB and KRBC. I am married and the proud mother of two great kids. Jackie is 3 years old, and Wyatt is 2 months.

For me, making the decision to go back to work after Wyatt was born was a tough one. I love my job! I love my kids! What do I do? Do I quit my job and become a stay at home mom or do I go back to work? I chose to return to work. My husband and I had numerous discussions on what would be best for our family, and in the end returning to work was the best decision for us.

Now that I’m back to work the juggling act has begun. My day starts at 6 a.m. I get both kids dressed, fed and ready for the day. My mother takes care of Jackie and Wyatt while I work. She is one of the main reasons why I felt like I could go back to work. She is awesome with the kids and loves them like they are hers. I try to have the kids to her house by 8:45 a.m but it’s more like 8:55 a.m.when we actually get there.

Work starts at 9 a.m. I’m usually late. Getting out of the house is hard. My job is demanding. All day long I answer phones, write stories, listen to police scanners, answer questions and make sure our newscasts have good local content. It’s stressful but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I leave work at 6 p.m. and go pick up my family. On a good night my hubby has beaten me home and started dinner. If not, I do. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. it’s family time with Jackie and Wyatt. After that, it is the 4B’s for Jackie- bath, brush teeth, book and bed. Then it’s Wyatt time. He eats every two hours. So that means I am up at 12 a.m., 2 a.m., 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Needless to say I don’t get much sleep.

At first I was worried about missing out on their lives by choosing to work. What if I miss their first step or first smile? The way I look at it, it is only the first. My kids are going to take millions of steps and have millions of smiles and I will be there for most of them. So what if I didn’t get to see the first. Our family makes the most of the time we have.

1 comment:

  1. Brandi

    You are an awesome person and an awesome mother, wife and dear friend. I am so proud of the person you have become.... You are smart, Intelligent, bright and beautiful. so, don't ever let anyone tell you that you have made the wrong decision in going back to wrok. In today's times it takes both parents working out of the house and in the house. You have a great support system and you or your beautiful children aren't missing out on anything,. Stay strong and rememeber I love you ....Second Mom Barbara