Usually at work I get three to five calls a day. On a busy day, there might be ten.
On Monday and Tuesday, I got over 20 calls each day. I literally had trouble checking messages because someone new would be calling in.
I'm feeling bad since I'm not able to get back in touch with everyone on the same day.
This is something I was discussing with another working mom with a special needs family. I have a certain professional pride. If I do a job, I want to do it well. But it is critical that I don't let my job creep into the time I need to take care of my family. There's no one else to take up the slack on that front.
I'm sure most working moms feel this way. Keeping a work-life balance isn't a matter of delicate adjustments, it's a no-holds-barred wrestling match where both sides are trying to take over your entire life as completely as possible.
I remind myself that this can't last forever. I will get through this busy time and then things will settle back into something more manageable.