A Working Mom

Today, I join the majority of mothers in America who are working moms. Many have asked me, “Are you excited to go back to work?”

Today, I join the majority of mothers in America who are working moms.  Many have asked me, “Are you excited to go back to work?”  My answer is yes and no.  I have loved getting to bond with my daughter Lauren morning, noon and night.  In fact, I can’t believe how much I have loved it!  I am in awe of how much she has changed in the past twelve weeks!  She’s grown so much, smiles so much, coos so much--she’s truly the most amazing little being to me.  Motherhood is, in a word, fabulous.  Going back to work means less time with my darling daughter, and I treasure every minute with her.  

Going back to work also means returning to the career I dreamed of as a teenager, worked for as a college student and continued to hone over the past eight years at WITN.  It means returning to the people who I am so proud to serve by bringing you the latest news and information that’s important to your life, along with, hopefully, a little bit of happiness to your morning.  I have always been humbled by the fact that so many allow Jim and me into their homes and morning routines each day, and I am excited to return to this.  It means returning to our incredibly talented and outrageously fun Sunrise Show team.  Awesome co-workers like Jim, Melissa, Mike and Kim make returning to work that much easier.  

Lauren waking up in the morning is adorable; I will miss getting to see that big grin when she sees me standing over her in her crib.  Luckily, that’s a gift she will give to her daddy each day. I am so grateful to my husband Chris who will be getting Lauren ready for her day while I’m anchoring the Sunrise Show.  He’ll also be responding to any middle of the night needs after I have left for work. I couldn't’t return to work on this shift without such a caring, committed and loving husband.  I think their mornings together will be a terrific time to bond in a special way.

I’m also grateful for all the support I have received from friends and viewers, excited about me returning to their morning routine. My friend Virginia makes me feel good by reminding me how great it is that Lauren will have the benefit of interacting with children at daycare during the morning and playing with me in the afternoons.  Something my friend Martha texted to me really helped me with the transition back to work. She wrote, “Lauren is lucky to have a mom that values her career and worked hard to get where she is.”  Those words really resonated with me, and I know I will think of them often when I’m missing Lauren.  

When I logged on to my computer for the first time, I was surprised to find the background desktop picture was still an ultrasound picture of our baby.  We didn’t know then if we were having a boy or a girl.  Now we have met the beautiful baby girl in that ultrasound picture, and I have happily replaced the picture of one giving me a giant smile.

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  • by Debbie Taylor Location: Vanceboro, N,C, on Jul 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    Hearther it is so good to see you back on Channel 7. I do enjoy her nice smile and refreshing attitude so early. Not to mention you are a good newscaster. Leaving your child is hard but it sounds like you have it worked out very well with your husband. And you do get off early in the day to take care of her. Best wishes to you and your familyu.
  • by Bernie Location: Peletier, NC on Jul 2, 2010 at 02:27 AM
    While Heather's replacement did a fine job (as she always does) it is a real pleasure to see Heather's smiling face "back in place" - especially when we are aware of the time with her daughter that she is forgoing to be back with us.
  • by Ginger Location: Washington on Jul 1, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    Welcome back, Heather! It was nice to see you back on the air this morning. Everything will work out just the way it's supposed to :)
  • by Happy Location: Washington on Jul 1, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    Heather, my husband and I were so glad to see you back today. Please tell Lynnette hat she did a great job while you were out. Let me remind you of how blessed you are to have a husband who will be there with Lauren while you are at work in the mornings. Many people do not realize the importance of good Daddy's. Sounds like Lauren has two wonderful parents! What a blessed little girl!!
  • by pirategirl Location: greenville on Jul 1, 2010 at 07:38 AM
    Heather, it was great seeing you this morning I have missed seeing you. I know you are going to miss spending time with your sweet baby girl but what a blessing it is for you to have a job to provide for her and give her the best life possible. I know you will be a great mommy no doubt. I pray blessings for you and your wonderful family.
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