About Mama

Mama BirdI’m an Aurora, CO work-at-home Mom pursuing the perfect balance of marriage, motherhood and career. It wasn’t too long ago that I believed I would never return to working outside the home, or at least not before my baby started Kindergarten. Never say never. Life had other plans. Just as we were starting a new life in Colorado with our about-to-turn-one-year-old, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. After one year of treatment and recovery, hubby was well enough to begin helping out with our daughter again, but not well enough to return to work. Or so the FAA would say. Someone had to do it. So, I spiffed up my resume and re-entered the workforce, kicking and screaming all the way.

I had no interest in returning to the career I had left behind, but had no other options. Or, so I thought. Then, a wonderful opportunity for career coaching from Motherhood Transitions life coach, Gretchen Reid led me to pursue a business from home utilizing my passion for technology, writing and the skills I had acquired after 18 years of working for the man in design and advertising. Now I’m working for me. For my family. My husband is now cancer-free (YAY!) and has returned to work as a pilot after two years away, and I have become quite fond of my new dual-life as a wife and mother/career woman. Rather than throw away all the progress I’ve made in my new business, I’ve decided to see how long I can keep up this balancing act. Let’s just see where this journey will take us. My outlook: life is an adventure, press on!

I hope this blog will give voice to a community of women who find themselves in similar circumstances: returning to work either out of necessity or desire in an unfriendly economy; balancing home life and work life, motherhood and marriage. Through shared experiences, may we learn a little, laugh a little, and love even more.

You can view my online design portfolio at: birdwiredesign.com.

E-mail me at chris [at] mamabirdsblog [dot] com.

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jennifer Coots  |  April 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Chris, I for one am ecstatic that you are re-entering the workforce! You have such a gift and talent for advertising media. Your creativity was not meant to stay pent up for long!

    As you know, I’ve been trying to get you out of the nest to help with some of the projects I am involved in as a service-disabled veteran, woman-owned small business entrepreneur. Can’t wait to get you helping with some of our campaigns.

    Also glad to hear about Danny’s complete recovery. God does answer our prayers ALWAYS, and often the way we are hoping for. In the other times, it is for those life lessons you are talking about here.

    I wish you all the continued success and happiness you and your family desire and deserve. What an adventure! Blessings!

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    • 2. chriscbird  |  April 22, 2009 at 7:46 pm

      Jen! Thanks for your encouragement and your prayers! Let’s talk soon about how we can help each other!

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  • 3. Lisa  |  April 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Mama Bird –

    You are doing one of the most amazing and honorable things–raising your child full-time! I think you may find that many of the women who are “career-focused/driven” over raising their children will look back and regret it. What is truly remarkable is that you and your husband have weathered the storm, and you had to make serious sacrifices. In the end, you both get to watch your child grow daily, she gets to have the influence of you two raising her. THAT is the best gift you can give her! As for your feelings of “inadequacy & inferiority” those are temporary. We all feel that when we are not a part of something we once were…for instance, I feel that way about returning to the GYM!!! Hold tight! You are going to have the blessings of it all…and with healthy balance…! That is BETTER than having a high paying career and having not had the opportunity to see your child’s first word, step, daily park visits, etc.

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    • 4. chriscbird  |  April 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      Wise words, Lisa. I’m sure one day, looking back we will have a totally different perspective on all of this. Thanks for your support as always!

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  • 5. Andrea  |  April 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    This is great! You always impress me with your wide range of skills and interests. You’re a good writer and I love your Pageant blog… well thought out and written. Keep me updated on your job search and I’ll keep you in my prayers. How is Papa doing these days? Hows the chick?

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    • 6. chriscbird  |  April 22, 2009 at 7:56 pm

      Dittos, Andrea! You are an amazing woman yourself! Thanks for the kind words. Papa and the chick are keeping me on my toes – more to come here!

      Reply
  • 7. Make A Noise  |  May 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    you definitely have a gift with writing and I’m happy to hear about your husband, may the only time you ever hear word cancer again is when someone is referring to another’s astrological sign 😉

    thanks for the inspiring words!

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    • 8. Mama Bird  |  May 14, 2009 at 5:50 pm

      I hope so too! 🙂

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  • 9. Colleen Bird  |  May 20, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I am so happy for you and your family…You are amazing. Thanks for being a good human being…You and Danny are amazing with your little girl. I hope we can see you all soon. Take care of you and yours.

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    • 10. Mama Bird  |  May 21, 2009 at 12:00 am

      Hi, Colleen! Nice to hear from you and we’d love to see you too!

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  • 11. Alisa  |  May 22, 2009 at 7:56 am

    YOU are an inspiration to ME. Love you, friend!! Praise God for His marvelous giftings!

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    • 12. Mama Bird  |  May 22, 2009 at 7:45 pm

      Amen to that, sister! We are both blessed!

      Reply
  • 13. Kelly  |  August 21, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Hello,

    Just randomly surfing tonight. one click lead to another and found you through blogfrog.

    You’re inspiring. I’m having a hard time dealing with being a “working mom” -out of home.

    I’m not career driven. at all. I can’t stand it actually – knowing that someone else is raising my child and I’m not spending all of the time that I possibly can with her! but I feel as though we can’t afford for me to be a SAHM. – my fiance does season work (docks..mowing lawns..) not stable – I’m the main bread winner as a Court Clerk for our County. but it’s frustrating because it’s not what I want to do.

    I’m trying to look into getting into the photography business – or having my own daycare- I have a passion for children, and a passion for LOOKING at photos- who knows if I’d actually be able to do it with a nice camera.

    I guess I’m rambling. but I wanted to tell you good job. 🙂

    -Kelly.

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  • 14. Priscilla  |  August 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Hi my name is Priscilla I’ve been searching the web about women whose husband’s are pilots. My boyfriend and I have been going out for over two years and we want to get married. He’s majoring in aviation and his dream is to be a pilot. My question for you is being a wife of a pilot is it hard? Do you get anytime with your husband? Is it difficult? What are their schedules like?

    Thank you for your time.

    Priscilla Wilson

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  • 15. Joshua Mega  |  May 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    You are doing one of the most amazing and honorable things–raising your child full-time! I think you may find that many of the women who are “career-focused/driven” over raising their children will look back and regret it. What is truly remarkable is that you and your husband have weathered the storm, and you had to make serious sacrifices. In the end, you both get to watch your child grow daily, she gets to have the influence of you two raising her. THAT is the best gift you can give her! As for your feelings of “inadequacy & inferiority” those are temporary. We all feel that when we are not a part of something we once were…for instance, I feel that way about returning to the GYM!!! Hold tight! You are going to have the blessings of it all…and with healthy balance…! That is BETTER than having a high paying career and having not had the opportunity to see your child’s first word, step, daily park visits, etc.
    +1

    Reply

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