Hi, I’m Sarah!
I'm so thrilled (and relieved) to be chosen as the winner. I’m an ER nurse in central Texas and my fiancée is a travel nurse, working mostly Covid-19 units since the surge hit last year. After the whirlwind of 2020 and all that came with it, we were shocked in January to find out that I was pregnant.
This will be my first baby and he's due to arrive in September! Although this will be my first time giving birth, I'm no stranger to motherhood. I'm the bonus mom to 3 boys and have been fortunate to experience
so many high and lows (temper tantrums, am I right?!) of parenting. Like many moms, the pandemic made our lives much more stressful and uncertain.
Between time off being sick myself, caring for my family members while they were ill, uncertain hours while hospital census was low and then a huge surge in incredibly sick patients requiring all of our attention and energy while working well over our 40 hours a week, I was struggling to be the mom that I wanted to be.
When we first found out we were pregnant, we were surprised but overjoyed. That joy became muted by anxiety about parental leave. After needing time off last year, I had nearly depleted my PTO and was facing the decision of taking an unpaid maternity leave or going back to work much sooner than I'd like. This contest has helped me sleep a little more soundly knowing that I don't have to choose between staying home with my littlest and going back to work early to make sure we stay financially stable.