Thursday, June 25, 2009

Baby Steps, the e-book.

I recently had a revelation—the kind that literally stops you in your tracks and makes a cartoon lightbulb appear above your head—which has me to a new, very exciting project. I am thrilled to announce that I am writing an e-book, to be titled "Baby Steps: A New Mom's Guide to Navigating Mommyhood and the Workplace."

"Baby Steps" started to take shape months ago, after I put together a list of my "top 25 new mom tips" for a friend's baby shower, when my daughter was only six weeks old and I was still on maternity leave. A self-described Type A control freak, my life was turned upside down by the birth of my daughter in December 2008. I read every book under the sun in preparation for her arrival, but all the reading in the world did not prepare me for the reality. Motherhood and maternity leave was more demanding and more wonderful than I had ever imagined. And control? I had none: it was all in the hands of a tiny 8 lb. infant.

As the primary breadwinner in our family, staying home was never an option for me, and I returned to the office full-time at the end of February 2009, when my daughter was three months old. Now that she is almost 7 months old (where has the time gone?), I feel like we generally have a pretty good routine. However, my first few weeks back in the office were really difficult, and I realized that I had never had a good handle on what to expect—both while I was on leave, and especially when I came back to the office. And I wished I had. Enter "Baby Steps."

If you are a working mom (whether you had a baby six months ago, or sixteen years ago!), I would love your comments and feedback for this project. Please email me at sarasgraham {at} gmail {dot} com with the following information:

1. Your name (if you would prefer, you can remain anonymous in the e-book)
2. City and state
3. How many kids you have, and their ages
4. Age of kid(s) when you went back to work
5. Occupation
6. Your tips for new moms:
a. while still on leave
b. transitioning back to the office
c. juggling it all

7. Anything else you would like to mention.

I will be working on this project over the summer and hope to publish the e-book in Fall 2009. Thanks in advance for your comments!