Advokate is back online

I know what you’re thinking. “Two blog posts in one week!? Madness!”

But I’m realizing that I haven’t announced that I’m back to work after my maternity leave and perhaps ought to say something about that. Like, for example, “Hello! I’m back from maternity leave!”

So: Hello! I’m back from maternity leave. Thanks for bearing with us while we took some time away.

Henry John Charles Austin-Avon was born on August 22, 2012. He was 8 pounds, 11.7 ounces; measuring 22 inches long.

Motherhood is the best. I thought Advokate (or maybe LocalFest) was the greatest thing I had ever created. But now Henry is it. Just the best ever. I could go on, but you parents out there know how it is. I don’t need to tell you.

Despite how tempting it may be to stay on an extended maternity leave and just stare at my cute kid all day, duty calls. I’m back in action, working full-time and somehow managing, thanks to childcare help from my in-laws, Hannah the temp and my old pal coffee.

It’s hard to get used to being away from the little dude after 9 months together, but I’m lucky that I have such a great job to be stuck doing all day. If I can’t spend the hours from 9 to 5 with Henry, at least I can take solace in the fact that time with Advokate’s clients and work is a worthy alternative. Helping y’all out is the best way to deal with my mommy guilt. I hear that feeling torn between momming and working never goes away no matter how old your child is, but at least I know that I’m doing something worthwhile, important and fun when I’m at work.

Thanks for being awesome, you guys.

I don’t think I’d have been able to rip myself away from this cute little bugger otherwise.

Kate Austin-Avon

Kate E. Austin is known for her creative advocacy. She is a regular speaker on branding and social media with educational institutions and Chambers of Commerce. She owns and operates Advokate, LLC. Currently she serves on the boards of the Glens Falls Business Improvement District, the Jackson Heights Elementary School PTA, Lower Adirondack Pride, and is on the World Awareness Children’s Museum’s Advisory Council. Originally from Killington, Vermont, she studied art at Hartwick College and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Art from Empire State College. She is a mother of three.