We are about midway through our family trip – it’s like every family road trip you’ve seen on TV and in the movies. Wild kids, exasperated adults, “Are we there yet?” when we’ve been driving for 30 minutes and have 3 hours left to go, crazy hot days tempered by swimming and more swimming in pools and at the lake, the too-many car stops along the way to look at and snap photos of the too-many uninteresting things just to get out of the stifling car where we are all getting on each other’s nerves, and cousins annoying each other and being best of friends in turns, while the adults yell pointlessly at them to settle down or don’t do that in between sips of beer or cocktails.
And it’s fantastic.
At the Executive level, you can be on the road … a lot. My life as a consultant has taken me all over the country, and when I look back over the past 12 years on consultant travel, I have to admit that I’ve loved it. Sure, travel has its inconveniences and annoyances, but there’s nothing like setting foot in a town or city you’ve never been to before and checking it out and developing an opinion on it. There’s nothing like having a successful trip, accomplishing what you set out to do. And of course, there’s nothing like coming home, taking that first whiff of familiarity when getting out of your home airport.
But as a pregnant Executive, travel inconveniences and annoyances can suddenly escalate to serious discomforts, especially at 32 weeks.
- Eating on the road is already generally unhealthy, and while pregnant, the food options are even more limited. And when those pregnancy cravings kick in (milkshaaaaaaake!), it’s harder and harder to stay focused for the sake of the baby.
- The baby’s constant rolling and kicking and jabbing can be distracting at the least, very uncomfortable at most. It would be awesome if the baby settled down during important meetings, but when the stakes are high and my adrenaline is running, the baby notices and starts rollicking like crazy in response. D’oh!
- Adjusting to time changes can be rough on its own. But add on bad heartburn and joint pain and constantly getting up for bathroom breaks in the middle of the night, and there’s no getting enough sleep to be fully effective.
- So much about being on the road is multi-tasking even more that you would in the office since you are “robbed” of standard work time when driving on being on a plane. Go Go Go! It can be hard to remember that I can’t move as quickly or be as spry as I used to be! Carrying an extra 20 pounds gained in a matter of months will slow a person down.
But you know what? I still knock it out of the park. Because I have to. It’s my job, it’s my career, it’s my family’s livelihood.
This was my last business trip for a while. The last stretch on the plane on the way home, I was practically climbing the cabin walls, even if the baby thought it was party time in my belly. But I like the idea that the baby is already pretty well traveled before birth 🙂 And I like that I haven’t had to compromise being effective at work while focusing on taking care of myself and this little one. I’ve battled through it, and now I’m in the home stretch of this pregnancy!