One month ago, Lindsay Powers Eichmann launched a digital magazine at Yahoo and celebrated her son’s first birthday. As editorial director, she manages Yahoo Parenting, which covers topics regarding kids of all ages from pregnancy to post-college.
Tell me about your little one.
Everett is 13 months, but we also have a cat, Sylvester. We all live in Brooklyn, in a house we renovated ourselves very recently. Everett is the happiest kid! He is interested in everything he sees and is talking up a storm – he loves the words bagel, balls and cat. He knows his ABCs as well! The Yahoo office is in New York and it’s a pretty intense job. Sometimes I’ll have to speak in front of the CEO in Silicon Valley and take a red eye in order to be home before Everett wakes up.
What were some of the biggest questions you had or challenges you faced as a first time mom?
I find that breastfeeding is always surprising for every mom. You see photos of moms easily breastfeeding and you realize its not always as easy, so we actually hired a lactation consultant and got into a nice rhythm. My husband and I had taken a class at the hospital about baby care – swaddling, burping, etc. – and the teacher mentioned she was a consultant. Being the journalist that I am, I texted her shortly after my son was born – I was curious!
I’m still breastfeeding at 13 months but it’s definitely been a challenge juggling full-time work and taking care of Everett. My husband is a consultant, so his hours are a little more flexible. I tend not to work from home but if something is urgent I can definitely swing it.
How did becoming a mom change who you are?
I find that I now stress a lot less about the little things. I used to worry about the most minute interactions with people but now I don’t have the time to stress. I’m also much better at multitasking. What I can accomplish before 6 AM now is staggering.
Who do you go to for parenting advice?
Yahoo Parenting of course! I’m very fortunate to be able to have all of my questions answered by my profession. I also definitely rely on my family. My mom and my aunts really have given me a great support system.
I also love to get together with other moms, casually, at least once a week. They’re all family friends, so it’s great to be able to spend time with friends while also maintaining a mommy support system.
What is your favorite thing about being a parent?
It’s so great to watch Everett turn into a little human and be able to watch him discovering and learning everything – it’s so rewarding.
How do you juggle work and family?
Systems. We would also not survive without day care. We have a great day care that is only a block away. Because he is more flexible, my husband takes care of drop-offs and pick-ups. Before he was consulting though we switched off every day. My other mom friends and I also switch off babysitting for each other. This weekend I’m watching a friend’s kids while she and her husband go out to dinner. Switching with friends is a very cost effective option.
Are there routines or systems that you’ve set up in your family to help things run more smoothly?
Choosing childcare was probably our largest one. We considered nannies and other forms as well, but the day care a block away worked so well. I think you have to base it on your instincts.
What do you know now that you wish you knew a year ago?
That he would be okay if I left him in day care, that was the hardest thing.
That I would love to spend more time with him, but he’s okay.
But he has really thrived in day care – he’s so chatty – he’s even learned sign language!
How long was your maternity leave?
To be honest, no time is never enough. I was lucky and got 16 weeks, which is generous by US standards, but I still would have loved a year.
What do you do for fun or to unwind?
To be honest I have very little time for that, but I really like yoga. I also cherish any time I get to spend time with my girl friends and my husband. Lately I’ve been really into the Serial podcast.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids?
I love taking Everett on walks – he’s so fun to be around! Any time we’re on the subway he makes funny faces. He loves to go to museums and look at the pictures.
What are the most important values or character traits you’re hoping to instill in your kids?
I hope that he’s kind; and smart; and happy.