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Merging Mommy & Music Therapist

My candy daughter, Phoebe, just lately turned one and we shortly after, celebrated my second Mom’s Day. This additionally signifies that it has been over a yr since I’ve been trying to merge my two titles – mommy and music therapist. It has been a posh, painful and exquisite course of filled with excessive highs and low lows. I actually would not commerce it for something.

As a scholar, I keep in mind listening to how issues dramatically change when you’ve gotten kids of your personal. Extra frighteningly, I heard of many music therapists selecting to go away the sphere fully. It was too troublesome to see and simpler to know the ache households have to be feeling. I carried these worries with me all through my being pregnant, hoping that my perspective could be completely different. Would I have the ability to proceed to stroll with sufferers and households present process lengthy, medical journeys?

Mother Guilt is Actual & Ever Current

I’m so grateful that my hospital offered each my husband and I with beneficiant parental depart. Turning into a mother was the largest change I’ve ever gone via. After a really lengthy and troublesome labor, it took some time for Phoebe and I to discover a rhythm. Lastly, as we settled into a cushty routine, it was time to return to work. These first few days had been extremely troublesome and filled with tears. I felt so responsible leaving my daughter to be with different individuals. I frightened concerning the milestones I would miss and that we could by no means have the identical sort of bond.

On the similar time, it felt GOOD to be again in a spot the place I used to be snug. Not like my new function as mother, I knew what I used to be doing as a music therapist. There have been no sleep regressions, teething or colic points to navigate via. Someway this sense of reduction and return to familiarity made me really feel much more responsible. Was I being an excellent mom if I loved time away from my daughter?

I’m a worrier on the very best days so navigating postpartum anxiousness grew to become a real problem. I frightened what she was doing once I wasn’t there. I frightened that I used to be spending the time properly sufficient once I was together with her. I frightened I made the fallacious determination going again to work. I frightened if I stop or diminished my hours, I’d resent the choice later. With help, I’ve discovered to work with these worries and emotions of guilt – to note the emotions however not allow them to devour me.

Sufferers Who Influence You Most, Could Shock You

Returning to work, I discovered myself being conscious round infants on my caseload, notably these near Phoebe’s age. What wouldn’t it be wish to see those self same sized palms donning IVs or hear these acquainted cries throughout a blood draw?

Surprisingly, these little babes felt acquainted and comforting. I higher appreciated how wonderful their development spurts had been. I celebrated new tooth popping via and teetering legs taking their first steps with a vigor that mirrored the thrill I had for my very own daughter.

Nevertheless, months after returning, I had the privilege of assembly a teenage boy and supported him all through his therapy. Whereas his prognosis was poor, his demise was surprising and left me with a deep ache for his household. It was a shock that I had not ready for. I discovered myself picturing him as a younger child, crying in a crib just like the one in our nursery, or bouncing to comparable rock hits that we favored to hearken to collectively. I leaned on my interdisciplinary workforce and strengthened methods to stability the burden I carried house from work once I left for the day.

Your Priorities Will Shift & You Could Gradual Down

I’ve all the time held pleasure in having the ability to “do all of it” and motherhood has humbled me in methods I had not imagined. Washing and folding (and refolding as soon as Phoebe helps) laundry can take me 3 times as lengthy. Chasing these fast little legs across the ground left me too drained to work on private tasks on the finish of the day.

I thought of lowering my hours or quitting the sphere fully greater than I care to say. It was extremely painful to stroll out the door as my daughter reached for me. I wished to spend extra time at house, dancing round the lounge together with her and soaking in cuddles. I wanted to reevaluate and redefine my priorities. I left work on time and took time on my own on the finish of the day to reset. Processing with family members and others within the area has been instrumental to discovering extra of a stability.

It Is Potential To Put on Each Hats

I nonetheless am working and starting to thrive once more as a full-time music therapist. It isn’t all simple, however we’re making it work.

Yesterday, my meals consisted of 4 several types of bread and two cups of espresso. Generally I am going three days with out showering and pull the identical scrubs out of the hamper from the day earlier than. The saying “the times are lengthy however the years are brief” is so deeply, painfully true. Whereas merging mommy and music therapist has been demanding, I consider every function finally helps enhances the opposite. I cherish the time I’ve with my daughter. Every day I reminded how treasured it’s to see her develop, wholesome and completely happy. Being Phoebe’s mommy provides me a greater perspective on what it means to look after my sufferers. Heck, I’ve bother getting via routine immunizations, not to mention lumbar punctures or dressing modifications. My admiration for these households continues to develop exponentially.

Each jobs are arduous and may really feel all consuming. What I need you to know is that IS attainable. Discover your circles of help, be lifelike with what you’ll be able to accomplish, and above all, be sort to your self. You are doing an incredible job.


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