When my son was born in August, I dreaded finding a daycare for him.
Every day on maternity leave, I woke up knowing that eventually I would have to leave him in the care of someone else. I was not happy about it at all.
Miraculously, I have returned to work… and I haven’t had to leave him with someone else.
Lexington Family Magazine offered one benefit that few other workplaces can tout: Bringing my baby to work.
Ezra has been coming to work with me since he was four months old. My desk is scattered with binders, rattles, highlighters and burp cloths.
He naps in a bassinet nestled by my desk, and spends his time kicking away on a play mat or bouncing around in a walker.
The office was already equipped with a treadmill desk, so when Ezra needs to be held, I can baby-wear him and continue my work while standing.
The bond my son is forming with my coworkers is a treat for my eyes.
He’s familiar with each member of our staff and doesn’t hesitate to be held by anyone.
I joke that a baby provides a mental health break during a busy work day, but I think that it’s true. Who wouldn’t crack a smile at a cooing, giggling infant?
I’m grateful that I ended up at a publication that could embrace a baby in the office.
Some days I get anxious that he is making too much noise or is bored, but the situation has worked out better than I could have hoped for.
We call Ezra our “Easy E” because of his laid-back attitude. He poses a “chicken or the egg” question.
Can I bring him to work because he is so chill? Or is he so chill because he has always been brought to work?
Either way, I want to assure our readers that at Lexington Family Magazine, we are staying in touch with current parenting issues. Just ask our assistant, Ezra.