Is there anything that can describe the first year with your first child?
My husband and I welcomed our first son, Logan Cain Winberg on January 30, 2018.
I launched a brand new post partum health course.
Our business "ANCHOR" grew in so many ways.
and we won Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
I'll admit, I spent much of the end of 2017 worrying about what 2018 would look like -- running a business with a baby. So I'm taking stock on one of the most tumultuous years of my life.
I'm big on goal setting, and know that in order to launch forward, a review of past wins and teachable moments is critical.
In the past, my yearly reviews have only been done in my private, purple journal but as more and more of my friends, family, patients & clients become working moms I thought I would share my journey here in hopes it could help others with their journey.
When I first found out I was pregnant, I googled "how to be a successful chiropractor with a baby"
A world wide search brought up: ZERO.
So, if you're a health care practitioner, or really any independent contractor without the financial support of mat leave and you're thinking about having a baby, pregnant, or recently welcomed a new addition to the world... c o n g r a t s <3 and I'm here to support you.
2018 and the first year as a mom brought SO many highs, a few lows and I wanted to break them all down and review so that I can relive 2018 over and over again because if nothing else, it was a complete and total BLUR.
It can be so easy to look back on a year and think about all of the things that I didn't get done... but in reality some really BIG things got done!
If you've never done a year in review, I challenge you to do it so that you can look back and say YES GIRL, I've come so far!
JANUARY - MARCH 2018
At the beginning of the year, my husband and I welcomed two (!!) new additions to our family - 11 days before the birth of our son, we adopted a 2 month old puppy, Frankie.
You can read Logan's birth story here.
The first 8 weeks went exactly according to plan. He was covering both of my clinics (bless him), while I stayed home with the baby.
I had been planning to wait until 4 months post partum to launch a new course I had been working on, but I was so antsy to launch it to the world that I threw it out to the world at 2 weeks post partum and started the first sessions at exactly 4 weeks post partum.
I look back at this and still don't think I was crazy. Being able to get out of the house, support the health of other women who were going through the exact same thing as me (all the babes in that first course were 3 days apart!) and make a little bit of money was hugely helpful in the post partum physical and mental healing. The moment I stepped into lead my patients, I immediately felt at home. Being able to bring Logan with me and work was exactly what I had wanted to be able to do.
January - March wasn't easy with the lack of sleep, constant appointments and weekly worries about the health of a new baby.
Looking back on this time I am forever grateful for the support of my family and friends in this important time.
The Highest High: Welcoming Logan Cain Winberg to the World on January 30th, 2018
The Biggest Lesson: No amount of planning prepares you for a baby. But I am grateful I had people I was able to ask for help. My family, friends and colleagues continued support was everything I needed to get a tough & transformative time.
- Dr. Alli