Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


Getting Enough Sleep As A Mom

How many times as Mom have you heard people tell you “You have to sleep when they sleep!”.  Well having a three month old I hear this a lot but I also have a 4 year old and 7 year old who are very active in dance, cheerleading, and gymnastics so often when the baby sleeps I am busy running them from place to place or getting them ready to go to their activities, or cleaning house, or the million other activities a Mom has to do.

I would love to sleep when she sleeps but it just isn’t possible most of the time and I wonder how these Moms who tell me this are able to sleep when their kids sleep?  I think it works out ok if you only have one, or maybe a newborn and a toddler but it’s just not working out for me this time.

I know that a lot of times not getting enough sleep is my fault because I will stay up late watching tv when I should be sleeping before the baby wakes up but to me this is my time to unwind and relax from the day.  It is my Mommy-time and I don’t want to give that up just to sleep :).  I just hope that maybe we can get on some type of schedule that allows me to get more sleep soon.

How do you ensure you get enough sleep as a Mom?

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