You would think that being a stay-at-home-mom who plays the harp in my “off-time” would be a simple arrangement. Well, it was simple when I had one kid, and it will be simple again when my second daughter gets a little bigger… Well, older. She’s gigantic.
In the meantime, being a working harpist with a young baby has definitely had its challenges. First, my usual schedule of practicing after my oldest daughter went to bed (on the other side of the house) was out the window! My new baby had her days and nights switched for a few months, and she tended to “cluster feed” between 7pm and 10pm. I couldn’t leave her side during these extra hungry periods or she’d get so mad!
Once she started falling asleep at a reasonable time, I found another problem. I didn’t have a place to play while the kids were asleep! Our toddler was at one end of the house and the baby on the other. I couldn’t play without disturbing one or the other. I do play near the toddler’s room, but I don’t feel comfortable with it.
Lastly, the baby has refused to take a bottle. This has had ramifications for our whole family. When I have had weddings or other events, my husband has had to bring the kids in a separate car for me to feed the baby on my breaks. Some of these gigs were almost two hours away! I have such a wonderful, supportive family!
While having two little girls in my life has currently complicated my harp career, I know that there will be a time when I have too much time on my hands, when my kids want nothing to do with me. So the harp sits. I find the time I need to do my job, but I’m not learning many new pieces, not having any long practice sessions. There will be time for that. Later.