Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Manager at an Oil Company in Texas

work-life balance for a manager at an oil company in TexasFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader E.D., who lives in Texas with her husband and daughter and works as a mid-level manager at a major oil company. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! — Kat

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First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…

Name: E.D.
Location: Texas
Job: mid-level manager at a major oil company
Age: 38
Home Situation: I live in a 3,000-square-foot house with my husband (38, writer), and our 2.5-year-old daughter. My husband works from home but travels last minute a lot.
Childcare Situation: Our toddler goes to daycare, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for $1,000/month. (Update: This has increased to $1,500 since E.D. submitted her Week in the Life.)

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Do You Dress Up With Your Kids for Halloween? (What’s Your Mom Halloween Costume?)

do you dress up with your kids for Halloween? Here’s a question for you: do you dress up with your kids for Halloween, either for trick or treating or for handing out candy? If you do, what’s your mom Halloween costume?

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How to Find Eczema-Friendly Clothing for Kids… and Other Eczema Tips

How to Find Eczema-Friendly Clothing for Kids and Other Eczema Tips

I haven’t written before at length about eczema and kids, in part because once we finally (FINALLY) got my son’s eczema under control, I didn’t want to “jinx” it by doing the blogger “ho ho I have the solution!” tap dance thing. BUT: one of my kids suffered from it (so. many. angry. itchy. rashes), and after a lot of trial and error we finally did get it under control. Every rash is different, I’m sure, but if you’re on the hunt for ideas — particularly on how to find eczema-friendly clothing for kids — here is what finally worked for us.

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Week in the Life: Fundraiser in Boston

boston fundraiser work-life balanceFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader Elizabeth, who lives in Boston with her husband and daughter and was works as a fundraiser in health care. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! — Kat

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First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…

Name: Elizabeth
Location: Lives and works in greater Boston
Job: fundraiser in health care
Age: 32
Home Situation: I live in a 1,600-square-foot house just outside Boston with my husband (36, engineer), daughter (2.5), and dog. We are expecting another baby girl in two months.fundraiser in health care
Childcare Situation: Our daughter has been in the same daycare center full time since she was 13 weeks old. Baby will begin in the infant room at the same center after my maternity leave. The total for both kids will be around $3,600.

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How Does Your Family Do Laundry?

working moms laundryI’ve seen a lot of conversations about this topic — on here, on Corporette, on Facebook, amongst friends, etc. — but I don’t think we’ve ever had an explicit post about working moms and laundry. So, ladies, let’s talk: How does your family do laundry? More accurately, WHO does the laundry in your house? Do you outsource parts of it, like asking your au pair or nanny to do your kids’ laundry, or having a mother’s helper in once a week to help you sort laundry? Has it changed since you had kids — for example, did you and your husband used to do laundry separately but now it gets combined? At what age did YOU start doing your own laundry — and at what age will you ask your kids to do their own? Side question: Who does your delicates?

In Casa Griffin, my husband tends to be the primary Initiator of Laundry — he feels like throwing a load in is a great way to get something accomplished, and he has very little patience for actively dirty clothes sitting around, whether it’s spit-up or pee or otherwise. He and I differ on When Laundry is Done, though — he seems to think it’s done when the dryer has stopped, or perhaps when there is a large pile of clean laundry on the bed. This is one of those little marital differences, in that I would not start laundry if I couldn’t do it to completion, which for me includes sorting and putting it away. I’ve learned that our household runs best if, when I find clean unsorted laundry, I just take the task and run with it. (Oh and socks — those will sit for DAYS if I don’t do them, so I try to sort and put those away first.)working moms laundry

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4 Companies That Rent Maternity Workwear

companies that rent maternity workwearHave you ever rented maternity workwear? Have you ever wanted to? If you’re a mom-to-be who doesn’t really want to buy a lot of clothing for your pregnancy — especially if you’re planning to only have one kid, or you haven’t decided how many kids you’ll have — many companies now give the option to rent maternity workwear. Of course, we’ve talked a lot about maternity clothing for work, including the best maternity dresses for workbudgeting for your maternity wardrobe, general advice for maternity shopping for workthe best maternity suits for professional women, and plus-size maternity clothes for work. We’ve never discussed renting maternity workwear, however, so today we’re rounding up several companies that provide the service.

I would have loved a service like this, because the majority of my maternity wardrobe was not-exactly-stylish, not-exactly-high-quality clothing from Motherhood Maternity and a kids’/maternity thrift shop — but I knew that would be my only pregnancy. (Fortunately, I was working at a business-casual office when I was pregnant.) I probably would have chosen fewer but better-quality pieces for my maternity wardrobe if I had known about this option. (I’m not sure if companies like this existed in 2010, actually!) Especially when you’re not lucky enough to be one of those “glowing” pregnant women you hear about (which I was not — with hormonal acne, swollen ankles, and so on), it’s nice to have something that makes you feel good when you wear it.

Here are four companies that rent maternity workwear:

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