Abstract / Synopsis

I very recently became a math mama. In my desperate search for patterns and structure in those first few weeks, my husband told me, "She's only three weeks old; we can't expect her to be doing calculus homework." I suppose he was right. I am working towards tenure and finding a new balance between teaching and family, all while trying to not lose sight of who I am. My personal challenges range from the logistics of being a nursing mother in a shared office to feelings of being seen as less adequate in my job if I present myself as a mom. In this essay I share my struggles and successes in settling into my new identity as a mathematician and mom and why I feel it is so important for me to have both a career and a family.



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