It’s something many of us do. We need to work in order to help support our families. I always knew I wanted to always have my career, well before I had children. I love to work and take pride in my job, so it never even crossed my mind when I became pregnant with the triplets. But it was a question I received a lot…would I continue to work?

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After health complications and the deaths of two of my children, I knew that returning to the working world would be put on hold. I needed time to grieve and heal, plus care for our survivor. Peyton spent nearly 4 months in the Nicu and needed more care than normal after making it home. As the weeks and months flew by, and the calendar turned to 2014, I knew I was ready to make the leap. This week, more than 8 months after giving birth, I arrived back at my television station, ready to conquer my “new normal.” 

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Peyton watching mom on the news

So what is this “new normal”? Well the days of sweatpants and no makeup are over; the real world (or at least my industry) requires a little more upkeep! I now wake up at 5am and get ready well before my daughter gets up. I search closets and under the bed, trying to find those high heels I haven’t worn in months. I flip through the clothes hangers and decide which business suit to throw on. I run around frantic, making bottles for the nanny and try to squeeze in a quick nursing session with Miss P. And all of this, within the first hour of my morning.  How do other mothers make it look so easy??? 

Being a working mom requires a lot of planning. It’s a balancing act–trying to continue your career, all the while, trying to be a good parent. By the time I get home from work, Peyton is ready for bed. My husband and I have two hours of alone time, before hitting the sack and doing it all over again. I knew it wouldn’t be an easy task. After spending every waking moment with my daughter, I now have to cram my special bonding time into only a few hours. Having a career can be hard enough–the 9 to 5 job can consume your life. Add in a family and it becomes a puzzle. You try to find the perfect pieces to fit together. Separate, those pieces can look like a chaotic mess. But put together, it becomes a beautiful picture. 

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As I get back into a routine, I am slowly figuring out all of the pieces to my puzzle. I know it’s going to take plenty of work, but I also know I can do it. And I know that it won’t always be picture perfect…instead a constant work in progress. Peyton is too young to understand that I’m busy advancing my career. But I look forward to the day when she will understand that I am proud to be a working mother. Even though I may not be home as much, I hope my daughter will look at me as a role model…balancing motherhood and a career.

Stacey Skrysak

Stacey Skrysak is a local television news anchor in Illinois, but her proudest role is becoming a mom after years of infertility. Stacey is mother to a 22-weeker surviving triplet and two angels. Even though two of her children were only alive for a short time, her triplets have touched thousands of people around the world. Through her blog, Stacey has become a voice for infertility, premature birth and child loss. These days, she sprinkles in the trials and tribulations of raising a daughter, who was once nicknamed “The Diva of the Nicu.”