You don't need to have superpowers to be a SUPERMUM at Camelot. To celebrate Women's History Month, I wanted to share how I became a supermum and my experience of life as a working mum…
Motherhood can be daunting, stressful, exhausting and unpredictable but nonetheless rewarding, fun and fulfilling. Some would say I’m crazy but I definitely feel fortunate to be in a family of five. My three little humans consist of my eldest son Kirtan (who just turned nine), my daughter Upasana (six going on 16) and my littlest cub Roshni (who is one).
I get asked a lot about what it's like to have three children? Other than being outnumbered for the rest of our lives, getting out the door each morning is definitely a challenge. It’s not any harder than having one or two, but with so much more giggling, noise and mayhem.
Covid has been a strange time for everyone but finding out we were pregnant with our third the week we went into lockdown, while cancelling my son’s birthday party and plans all at the same time, was a lot to take in. Little did we know how Covid would affect our lives and what would happen. Being a mum again wasn’t new to me, however being a working mum at Camelot during a pandemic was a whole new world.
One thing was for sure, working from home definitely made it easier to attend antenatal appointments and helped me avoid having to explain why I look like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards due to morning sickness. At Camelot, I really felt I was supported and looked after and I am lucky to have made good friends at work too. I always feel like there is a negative stigma with antenatal and maternity in some workplaces. Previously, before I joined Camelot, I would feel guilty for taking time out of the day for appointments or if I didn't feel so great due to pregnancy. I always felt like I would have to catch up and explain myself. However, my manager here at Camelot was so amazing, I really felt like I could enjoy my pregnancy, which helped in reducing stress and taking time if I needed to.
Covid has been hard in so many ways but one thing is for sure - I have been able to step back, slow down and really think about what’s important to me and our family life. Working from home (WFH), homeschooling, socialising at home during pregnancy and maternity leave hasn’t been a walk in the park, but there have been so many positives for us. My hubby has been so much more hands on and involved with the kids as he’s been WFH too. This time I have enjoyed every second of my time with the little one, even when she was throwing up or pooping all over me. After having our third, it has been more of a 50/50 split between myself and my hubby and it’s strange to think that this wasn't the norm pre-covid or isn’t for so many people. But a change in dynamic is definitely what made it possible for me to return to work without feeling the dreaded “mum guilt”!
Returning from mat leave is always hard and daunting, but the journey back into working life is different every time. Each time I returned to work I felt like I was in a different place in my life, mentally and with a change in my family dynamic too. I find it is difficult for working women to go back to the way working life was before having children. After being away for a year, having a family and becoming responsible for another life changes everything and, sadly, a lot of companies expect that women will just be able to pick up where they left off. Camelot and my manager have been great with the process and allowing time to adjust into working life.
Each step of the way, we have discussed possibilities and my manager has done his best to listen to my needs and make it work for me and the business. I found KIT (keep in touch) days were a great way to feel part of Camelot while I was on maternity leave, it meant I could attend team meetings and company-wide events so that when I returned to work I didn't feel lost. Camelot offers so much to help maintain a healthy work-life balance and I have been lucky enough to still be WFH the majority of my week. Also, knowing that I can talk to my manager anytime and there is also the option for flexi hours, parental leave, the Camelot’s Parents’ Network and so much support - really gives me peace of mind and reduces the stress and anxiety of being a working parent. As a mum of three, I can really say that the difference it makes to have the support of not only Camelot but your team too is really life changing. This support gives me the strength to feel like I could do it all and has made me the supermum I am!