Bumbleride Parents – Marketing Director – Kailin
This week we would like to introduce another one of our Bumbleride parents and our Marketing Director, Kailin. In addition to her role at Bumbleride, Kailin is the mother of 3 year old Noah and is expecting her second child in October.
My first experience with Bumbleride was when my son was just 9 months old. A friend referred me to the Bumbleride Indie, and I was hooked! My husband and I both love to run and we also love to explore the beautiful city of San Diego where we live. The Indie allowed Noah to do these things with us.
When people ask me what I do (for a living), I answer that I have 2 careers. My “official” one being the Marketing Director for Bumbleride, and the other of being mommy to my three year old son, Noah.
Having children was never on my “agenda”. It wasn’t that I was against the idea; it just never seemed like the right time. When I was blessed with Noah my world was changed. Noah is an incredibly energetic and bright little boy who amazes me each day. His enthusiasm for everything he does reminds me to take a second, slow down and soak up life’s little moments. This can be hard at times because I am also one of the thousands of wives whose husbands are gone for several months at a time to serve in the military. As a full-time working mom (literally), I find myself getting wrapped up in endless to-do lists as I attempt to be the best at both of my “jobs”.
To keep myself focused on what’s important, I try to abide by a few working mom “rules” that I’ve established for myself:
- The On/Off switch. I have had to learn that when I leave the office each day I leave it…and it can’t come home with me. I have caught myself too many times on my phone checking an email while Noah is sitting in my lap and missing a wonderful moment.
- Stop feeling guilty. I remember the first day I dropped Noah off at daycare and felt so guilty that I was leaving him that I almost quit my job on the spot when I got to work. Luckily I didn’t. I got over it and found that Noah actually really likes going to “school” and that having that structure each day helps him feel secure, especially when daddy is away.
- Don’t try to cram everything into a weekend. It’s hard when I work all week and miss my son to not want to cram every “bonding” moment into a weekend…whether it be trips to Disneyland, museums, etc. What I’ve found is that Noah actually just wants to “hang out” and build miles of train tracks around our living room or ride his bike to the park. Also, in my attempt to be “super mom” I am actually more stressed and much less fun to be around.
- Never stop growing. As a professional, I find I’m happiest when I’m growing or making a difference. The same applies to my parenting. I have found that instead of getting angry about why my son misbehaves, I tuck it away as a problem to be studied. Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of parenting comes from within, but I also think it doesn’t hurt to get another opinion J
- Find a day job that supports your “real” job. With my family always at the mercy of military orders, I learned that my professional life has to support my family life…or they both fall apart.
- Enjoy all the little moments. When Noah was born, I started a tradition of creating a memory book for each year of his life. I save funny things he says and adorable photos throughout the year and then create them into a keepsake book online when the year ends. What started as something on my mom “to do” list of things has become an enjoyable way for me to savor little moments I would otherwise forget. When I’m having a tough week, I will often open up my notes and remember the time he told me that his “feelings hurt” in reference to a tummy ache. Or how every morning when he wakes up he loves to tell me about the “movies” he watched last night while he slept. I would forget about how he assures me often that “Mommy, I’m growed up now and getting bigger and bigger…but I’ll always be your baby.”
I have been lucky to find a home with the Bumbleride Family here in San Diego and a position that allows me to learn more and more about the parents who are just like me.
In the next 2 months I will begin a new and exciting chapter in my life, as we welcome our second child. I look forward to growing as a mother and would love to receive your tips and tricks!