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Excitement, anxiety with baby on the way

Coming soon: One of life’s biggest changes

Excitement, anxiety with baby on the way

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  1. Hey Sybil! Sounds like you are doing GREAT. I’m so glad to read your post, and congratulations on the little one. My son is 15 mo. old now, and 4 months ago I started at a firm in Little Rock. It’s no “big city” law practice, but it keeps me very busy. I was scared to death about starting private practice with a kiddo, after 3 years of living the easy life as a law clerk. I’m proud to say, the transition has gone much better than I anticipated. I have sacrificed a couple things: sleep, namely, and some TV time. But the pay-off has been totally worth it. I am starting a practice that I love, and coming home to a wonderful husband and baby every night, who make life exciting and keep me entertained.

    In fact, I think I am a better lawyer because I have a kid. I cram into each workday as much as I possibly can, so that I can avoid taking work home. And I get up in the wee hours, while baby boy is still asleep, so that I can respond to emails. (I can’t tell you how many comments I’ve gotten from partners about the fact that I responded to their email at 4am. Nevermind the fact that I left the office promptly at 5pm the night before and didn’t think a lick about work all evening.)

    Anyway, all this to say, it can be done. You can still enjoy a successful law practice. But, if your priorities do change, either a little or a lot, after the kiddo arrives, don’t be too hard on yourself. They are pretty amazing. ;-)

  2. Do NOT give up on your eight hours of sleep. It is vitally important. An extra hour of sleep a night is worth a $60,000 raise, in terms of your happiness (over the course of a year). You might have to break it up into chunks (especially if you’re breastfeeding) but sleep and other staples of self-care (exercise, healthy food, breaks) need to be priorities, or your other areas of life will suffer along with you.

  3. Tory and Sadie – thanks for weighing in! I anticipate turning to my female friends for advice frequently in the coming months (and years).

  4. Love the quote from the Sister Beckett.

  5. Nicole Fredricks Jackson

    Great article, Sybil! Having just had my first, I felt many of the same things that you are. While its a life changer (I too feared the loss of sleep), it is awesome and I can’t imagine life any other way.

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