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Taking Care of Baby

Be proud! Your "baby" will grow up healthy and strong.

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This story appears in the July 2002 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

In a few weeks, I will be leaving the office for maternity leave. I am expecting my first child August 4 (or thereabouts, as these things go), and I can't even describe the mixed emotions I am experiencing right now. It's all very exciting--and very terrifying--all at once. If you're a parent or a parent-to-be, you know what I'm talking about.

As I make preparations at work to ensure all my responsibilities are accounted for while I'm away, I can't help but draw some parallels between preparing to be a parent and preparing to start a business--particularly a homebased business. Think about it: You plan meticulously for weeks, months, years; you reserve a special space in your home for your "baby"; you have new insurance considerations; you need all the right "equipment"; yet deep down, you know that all the planning in the world will not prepare you for what lies ahead.

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